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Chronic Lung Disease Patients Missing 'Stop-Smoking' Message

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Smoking and chronic lung disease

People suffering from chronic lung diseases like emphysema and bronchitis are continuing to smoke despite the risks, according to a new study of more than 175,000 U.S. adults.

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More than 36 percent of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are current smokers compared with 22 percent of adults without COPD.

"It doesn't look like a good part of the [COPD] population is getting the information it needs from health care providers," on the importance of quitting and best ways to do so, said lead researcher Jeannine Schiller, a statistician with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Although half of the COPD patients tried to quit smoking in the previous year, 14.6 percent succeeded