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What effect does smoking and having asthma have on the respiratory system even for elite
athletes?

Smoking:

Smoking can impair lung function and can lead to a decrease in overall health. Damage to the
respiratory system from smoking is slow and can be deadly if left to progress to dangerous…

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persistent problems. Occasionally, asthma symptoms can get gradually or suddenly worse. This is
known as an "asthma attack".
Asthma is caused by the inflammation of small tubes called bronchi, which carry air in and out of
the lungs. For people who have asthma, the bronchi are inflamed and more sensitive…

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