Former Smokers Still At Risk For COPD
A survey of 2,153 U.S. adults reveals that most are unaware that former smokers are still at risk for one of the country's most common lung diseases - chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD.
The new findings, released today by the National Women's Health Resource Center, reported that 63 percent of respondents thought of smokers when they envisioned COPD, while only 29 percent said COPD was caused by a past history of smoking regardless of having quit.
Furthermore, fewer than 50 percent of respondents were aware that COPD, a progressive condition that includes chronic bronchitis, emphysema or both, is treatable once diagnosed.
The truth smoking and COPD is that: