The best way to prevent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is to not start smoking or to quit smoking. Captain Miller, can you tell us more?
Of course, Dr. Flemings. Smoking is the leading cause of COPD in the United States. If you smoke, it's time to talk to your provider about programs and products that can help you quit.
If you have trouble quitting smoking on your own, consider joining a support group. Many hospitals, workplaces, and community groups offer classes to help people quit smoking. Ask family members and friends to support you in your efforts to quit.
It's also important to avoid other lung irritants that can contribute to COPD. These include:
- Air pollution
- Chemical fumes
- Dust, and
- Secondhand smoke