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Title: Smoking cessation strategies for patients with asthma: improving patient outcomes
Austin Authors: Perret, Jennifer L ;Bonevski, Billie;McDonald, Christine F ;Abramson, Michael J
Affiliation: Allergy and Lung Health Unit, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Institute for Breathing and Sleep, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Respiratory and Sleep Medicine, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Medicine & Public Health, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, NSW, Australia
Department of Medicine, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
School of Public Health & Preventive Medicine, Monash University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Allergy, Immunology & Respiratory Medicine, The Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 24-Jun-2016 2016-06-24
Publication information: Journal of Asthma and Allergy 2016; 9: 117-128
Abstract: Smoking is common in adults with asthma, yet a paucity of literature exists on smoking cessation strategies specifically targeting this subgroup. Adverse respiratory effects from personal smoking include worse asthma control and a predisposition to lower lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Some data suggest that individuals with asthma are more likely than their non-asthmatic peers to smoke regularly at an earlier age. While quit attempts can be more frequent in smokers with asthma, they are also of shorter duration than in non-asthmatics. Considering these asthma-specific characteristics is important in order to individualize smoking cessation strategies. In particular, asthma-specific information such as “lung age” should be provided and longer-term follow-up is advised. Promising emerging strategies include reminders by cellular phone and web-based interventions using consumer health informatics. For adolescents, training older peers to deliver asthma education is another promising strategy. For smokers who are hospitalized for asthma, inpatient nicotine replacement therapy and counseling are a priority. Overall, improving smoking cessation rates in smokers with asthma may rely on a more personalized approach, with the potential for substantial health benefits to individuals and the population at large.
DOI: 10.2147/JAA.S85615
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Asthma
Smoking cessation
Asthma-COPD overlap syndrome
Lung function
Patient outcomes
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