Smoking and COPD

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How severe your COPD symptoms are depends on how damaged your lungs are. If you keep smoking, the damage will get worse faster than if you stop smoking. Among 15 million U.S. adults with COPD, 39% continue to smoke.

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The Link Between Smoking and Asthma

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Inhaling secondhand smoke, also called “passive smoke” or “environmental tobacco smoke,” may be even more harmful than actually smoking. That’s because the smoke that burns off the end of a cigar or cigarette contains more harmful substances than the smoke inhaled by the smoker. Secondhand smoke is especially harmful to people who have asthma.

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Why It's Never Too Late To Quit Smoking

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If you’ve been a lifelong smoker, you might be thinking, Why quit now when the damage is already done? But a recent study finds that even the oldest smokers can reap significant benefits from kicking the habit.

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Tips From Former Smokers - Real Stories

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All of them have been affected by cigarette smoke. Some are former smokers and some have never smoked. Almost all of them are living with smoking-related diseases and disabilities. These diseases and disabilities changed the quality of their lives — some dramatically. Some had to give up activities they once loved to do.

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Smoking Cessation - Strategies for the 21st Century

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Despite nicotine’s powerful addictive properties, there are many effective treatments to help people stop smoking. Social support, in the form of encouragement, caring, and concern, clearly increases the success rate of smoking cessation. Social support can come both from healthcare providers (intra-treatment social support) and from family, friends, and other community members (extra-treatment social support).

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Workplaces Ban Smoking and Smokers

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More job-seekers are facing an additional requirement: no smoking at work or anytime. As bans on smoking sweep the nation, an increasing number of employers — primarily hospitals — are also imposing bans on smokers. They won’t hire applicants whose urine tests positive for nicotine use, whether cigarettes, smokeless tobacco or even patches.

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How Secondhand Smoke Affects the Brain

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Secondhand smoke has a direct and measurable impact on the brain similar to what is seen in the person who is actually smoking, according to a new study. The findings highlight the importance of limiting exposure to secondhand smoke.

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E-Cigarettes - The Most Widely Used Product Among Teens

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One-fourth of high school students use tobacco products. “E-cigarettes are now the most commonly used tobacco product among youth, and use continues to climb,” CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said in a news release.

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Smoke-Free Laws for Worksites, Restaurants & Bars

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The Surgeon General has concluded that the only way to fully protect nonsmokers from secondhand smoke exposure is to prohibit smoking in all indoor areas, and that separating smokers from nonsmokers, cleaning the air, and ventilating buildings cannot completely eliminate secondhand smoke exposure.

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Quit Smoking - 10 Ways to Resist Cravings

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Each time you resist a tobacco craving, you are one step closer to your goal to stop smoking or use tobacco for good. It is not easy; however, here are 10 ways to help you resist the urge to smoke or use tobacco when the cravings strike.

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