Chronic Lung Disease Patients Missing 'Stop-Smoking' Message
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.
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