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Expert Video: Why is smoking a risk factor for COPD?

Expert pulmonologists talk about smoking as a risk factor for COPD. Many patients with COPD have smoked in the past. Cigarette smoking affects the lungs in very bad ways and can cause COPD. Even if you smoke one or two cigarettes a day or even if you are an occasional smoker, cigarette smoke will cause ongoing damage and injury to the lungs.

Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
Expert Video:

How do I stop smoking?


Expert pulmonologists talk about ways that health care providers can help their patients quit smoking. Counseling, medications, and other resources and supports can help patients quit. Some patients will be able to stop on their first try, while others will need multiple attempts before they can stop for good. Do not be discouraged because every time you try to quit, you boost your chances of quitting for good.

Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
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How does second-hand smoke affect people with COPD?


Expert pulmonologists recommend that patients with COPD avoid exposure to second-hand smoke and other lung irritants that can damage and irritate their lungs and airways. Odor from second-hand smoke can cling to clothing and also be problematic for patients with COPD.

Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
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Can e-cigarettes help you quit smoking?


Expert pulmonologists discuss the controversy and use of e-cigarettes as a way to stop smoking, and they discuss the need for further studies. They emphasize that the goal of quitting smoking is to get away from nicotine completely in order to get completely off of cigarettes for good.

Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
Risk factors for COPD - Expert Video
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What are the benefits of quitting smoking for patients with COPD?


Expert pulmonologists discuss the benefits of quitting smoking for patients with COPD. The benefits include reduced risk of heart attacks, strokes and cancer. Quitting smoking not only helps the lungs, but also helps the brain, kidneys and all the organs of the body.


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