Smoking is responsible for more than 90% of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) deaths. COPD includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis
- The COPD rate is highest in those aged 65 and older - 16.7% in men, 12.6% in women.
- COPD ranks among the top ten most common chronic health conditions and sources of daily activity limitation.
- COPD is the fourth-leading cause of death and is predicted to become third by 2020.
If you quit smoking, rate of lung decay will slow and some of the symptoms of mucus production and shortness of breath may improve.
Smoking is responsible for 80 to 90% of lung cancer deaths in women and men, respectively.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The Health Consequences of Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General. U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Office on Smoking and Health, 2004.