As many as 1 out of 4 Americans with COPD never smoked cigarettes. However, smoking accounts for as many as 8 out of 10 COPD-related deaths3 and 38% of the nearly 16 million U.S. adults diagnosed with COPD report being current smokers
1. Quit smoking
If you're a smoker living with COPD, quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health. Many people with COPD have a history of smoking cigarettes. Quitting won't cure the illness, but it can help slow the progression of the disease and make it easier for you to breathe. Talk to your doctor about medications to help curb cravings as well as nicotine replacement therapies. Take steps to avoid secondhand smoke and exposure to dirty air and airborne irritants.