Quitting smoking for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
Quitting smoking is the most important step you can take in
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is
never too late to quit. No matter how long you have had COPD or how serious it
is, quitting smoking will help slow the disease and improve your quality of
life. Medications and other treatments cannot prevent damage to your lungs if
you continue to smoke.
There are clear benefits to quitting, even
after years of smoking. When you stop smoking, you slow how quickly further
damage develops in your lungs. For most people who quit, loss of lung function
is slowed to the normal rate of decline. Although lung damage that already has
occurred does not reverse, quitting smoking can delay the worsening of COPD
Quitting smoking and weight gain have long been
linked. But when you kick the butts, is it inevitable yours will expand?
True, four out of five people who smoke gain some weight. On average, people
who quit gain between 4-10 pounds. Most weight tends to be gained in the first
six months after quitting.
The fear of weight gain is so great many smokers cite it as the reason they
continue to puff away. Although the benefits of quitting far outweigh the
possibility of extra pounds, few want to...
combination of bupropion and nicotine patches may be more effective than either
Quitting smoking can be difficult. Those who are most likely
to succeed in quitting are those who keep trying, even if they have tried
several times before. Hypnosis or acupuncture does not help most people who are
trying to quit smoking.
Primary Medical Reviewer
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
May 24, 2010
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
May 24, 2010
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