Lifestyle Triggers include: food, food allergies, diet. pets, nutrition, smoking, strenous exercise and, paradoxically, lack of exercise. Lifestyle triggers are extrinsic.

Smoking! If you have not quit yet, it is time. Help is available through the Department of Health in every big city. In NYC call 311 for free nicotine patchers, whcih are most effective when used i combination with a support group, hypnosis, or some other smoking cessation effort.

Evidence shows that exercise is good for everyone, including children and young people with asthma. Exercise-induced asthma can be avoided by taking a puff 10-15 minutes before beginning athletic activity.

Furry and feathered pets are not advised. If you have one and cannot give it away, do not let the animal in the bedroom of the person with asthma. Try to keep the animal off the furniture.

Dealing with any health issue, including asthma, may be stressful at times. And, unfortunately, stress can be a trigger for asthma attacks. So, it's important to learn how to cope with the challenges and frustrations of living with asthma in as positive a way as possible. In the same way, any strong emotion--even laughing--can set off an asthma attack, whcih does not mean don't laugh. Even if you have got asthma, don't let it get you: stick to your medical plan, avoid exposure to triggers, stay active and healthy.