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Tobacco smoke aggravates COPD. Give the lungs clean air!

Smoking is one of the main causes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Not all patients, however, stop smoking immediately. What is waiting for patients who have been smoking cigarettes even after they already know their diagnosis?

Cigarette smoke is involved in airway damage and bronchial narrowing. It destroys lung tissue and limits the proper functioning of the lungs. Harmful chemicals contained in cigarette smoke also increase the risk of airway inflammation. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can cause and aggravate dust, polluted air and fumes.

Dangerous smoke

For individuals with COPD who are breathing due to their illness and suffering from long-term cough, smoking means another worsening of the state of health. These patients tend to be less active, tired and overall their quality of life is lower. The most important step is therefore to quit completely - just the restriction of the number of cigarettes is not enough. In addition, patients with this disorder should be aware that:
passive smoking is just as harmful as it is active,
it is important to steer clear of all the smoky areas and keep fresh air at home,
lungs harm not only cigarettes but also cigars and hookahs.

Start with a cessation

The first step in detecting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease should be permanent cessation of cigarettes. By using nicotine replacement therapy or cessation programs, the overcoming of dependence will be easier. What other tips will make the whole process easier?
Try to limit the situations in which you would reach the cigarettes.
Set the day you stop smoking.
If the first attempt fails, do not give up and try to quit smoking again.
Life without cigarettes should be accompanied by an effort to healthy living.

Responsible treatment approach

Treatment of COPD, in addition to regimens, can not do without drugs (for example, corticosteroids, bronchitis or antibiotics). Patients should also pay attention to breathing exercises and, in inhalation, to respect all doctors' advice.

Author: Mgr. Petra Kováčová
Source: U lékař

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