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How can quitting smoking help with treating COPD?

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COPD and smoking are a deadly combination. If you only do one thing to manage your COPD, quit smoking.

Quitting smoking can:

No matter how serious or mild your COPD, stopping smoking provides benefit.

  • Curb the decline in lung function
  • Reduce symptoms of COPD
  • Slow the decline in lung function to a rate that's normal with aging
  • Improve the quality of life for anyone, with or without COPD

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

SOURCES: News release, FDA. American Association for Respiratory Care: "Current COPD Treatments." American Academy of Family Physicians: "COPD: Management of Acute Exacerbations and Chronic Stable Disease." American Thoracic Society and European Respiratory Society: "Standards for the Diagnosis and Management of Patients with COPD." National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "COPD." Journal of the American Medical Association web site: "Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease." Merck Manual of Medical Information: Home Edition.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on November 20, 2017

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