Whether you directly inhale smoke or get it from secondhand smoke, cigarette smoke accelerates the damage already going on in the lungs. Avoiding smoke slows the damage and actually slows the progression of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
In addition, when you quit smoking, you lower the risk for you and those around you of other serious health problems like heart disease.
Quitting cigarettes can make the difference between living longer and well – and not living at all. That’s especially true now that COPD is a part of your life. The good news is smoking is a risk factor you can control. Here’s how.
Steps to quit smoking
If you want to quit smoking, it helps to set a quit date, says Lindy Wolfenden, MD. Wolfenden is an assistant professor of medicine at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. She is also director of the outpatient pulmonary function laboratory at Emory Clinic. Setting a date to quit formalizes the attempt to quit. And while it may still take several attempts, the likelihood of permanently quitting goes up with each attempt you make.....Read more
I quitted smoking relatively easy, just followed the most widespread instruction - I simply switched to vaping. Electronic cigarettes can really substitute emotional and physical addiction from nicotine, I got rid of the habit within 2 weeks (at the moment I prefer kilo eliquids ).