New evidence suggesting cigarette smoking may cause Asthma and not just aggravates it



Abdulhamid Al-Tubuly1and Rida Al-Tubuly2

1) Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Faculty of Medicine; 2) Department of Pharmacology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Elfateh University, Tripoli, Libya

JMJ Vol.4 No. 3 (Winter) 2005: 167-169


It has long been agreed worldwide that cigarette smoke will have a harmful consequence on the health of smokers (actively) and on people who inhale second hand smoke (passively). However, it has always been thought that the negative effect is in the form of aggravating the disease (if already present) rather than initiating it. This review describes the latest studies addressing this issue with emphasis on two major study groups (from Finland and Italy) who recently suggested a more drastic effect of smoking on the initiation of asthma.

Keywords: Asthma, Cigarette smoke, Respiratory disease, Active smoking, Passive smoking