For people diagnosed with chronic lung conditions, the importance of quitting smoking cannot be stressed enough. Smoking is the number one cause of COPD and emphysema and according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) increases the risk of death from chronic obstructive lung disease by 12 to 13 times.
Cigarette smoke causes inflammation and damage to the lung, specifically the air sacs that provide oxygen to the blood, and can prevent air from flowing in and out normally. As such, those people diagnosed with chronic lung conditions should quit smoking immediately.
While quitting smoking may not be easy, it can be done. However, it is important to have realistic expectations. Quitting will not happen overnight. And it is important to remember that withdrawal symptoms are temporary, while the negative effects of smoking are not.
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