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How can stopping smoking help with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

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Smoke irritates your lungs and makes it even harder to breathe. Quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to prevent more damage to your lungs. If you need help, ask your doctor for advice. It's also key to avoid secondhand smoke.

From: 11 Breathing Tips for People With COPD WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 02/06/2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Breathing Better with a COPD Diagnosis."

Respiratory Health Association: "Managing COPD."

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute:  "Now That You Know It's COPD, Here's How To Breathe Better."

Mayo Clinic: "COPD: Self-management."

National Sleep Foundation: "COPD and Difficulty Breathing."

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on February 06, 2019

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