History: When asthma patients were told to just keep calm and have a cigarette

Smoking was thought to 'warm up' the lungs
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Asthma and smoking seem unlikely bedfellows — in fact, an outright oxymoron by modern standards.

But a puff on an ‘asthma cigarette’ would have been just what the Victorian-era doctor ordered for asthmatic adults and children alike.