By Dr. Brian McDonough

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Cigarette smoking is bad for the lungs. All you have to do is take a look at long time smokers and notice the damage that can occur to the ability to breathe. That is why a new report is so concerning. Teens with asthma are more than twice as likely to start smoking cigarettes as teens without asthma.

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It gets worse. They also are more likely to get hooked on cigarettes.

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According to the study, smoking decreased their anxiety and stress.

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The report was presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology annual meeting.