Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a condition that inhibits or hinders normal breathing. Symptoms of the disease include coughing up mucus and severe shortness of breath. The disease is often related to cigarette smoking. Researchers for the European Respiratory Society, Vivek Baliga, S. Faruqi, I. Djoukhadar, M. Thirumaran, and S. Meghjee, have surveyed patients diagnosed with COPD on their experiences with smoking. The survey confirmed that a significant number of patients were unaware of the relationship between smoking and COPD.
Cigarette smoking is the most common cause of COPD, though breathing in pollution, chemicals, dust, and other irritants can also contribute to the disease. Though there is no cure for COPD, quitting smoking greatly improves the condition and can prevent its occurrence. Researchers are working to increase patient awareness of this fact.
There are many free quit-smoking programs offered to patients diagnosed with the disease. Though smoking is a difficult habit to stop, smokers diagnosed with COPD should reach out to doctors and other health experts on how to quit.