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Asthmatics, it pays to quit smoking

by Medindia Content Team on  July 15, 2006 at 2:51 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Asthmatics, it pays to quit smoking
According to a recent research reported in the United Kingdom, asthmatics will witness almost a 15% improvement in their lung function within two months of completely staying off cigarettes.
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Researcher Dr. Neil C. Thomson said, "The improvement in lung function seen after smoking cessation was clinically significant. It demonstrates that there is a reversible component to the harmful effects of smoking on the airways in asthma. The degree of improvement noted for smoking cessation far exceeds that of high-dose anti-inflammatory treatment, such as oral prednisolone, 40 milligrams daily for two weeks, which had no effect on lung function in smokers in our current study and in our previous work"

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The findings have been published in the July issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.

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