The first preventative step, after stopping smoking, is to treat these symptoms, which are anything but benign.
Smoking cessation can be difficult. Smoking is an illness in its own, and fighting addiction and behavioral dependence is not easy. Without question, the most important remedy is to not start smoking in the first place. Therefore, the example of adults (parents, teachers, educators, etc.) is essential so that young people do not begin smoking.
One of the consequences of COPD is its significant impact on one’s quality of life, including depression, difficulty walking, shortness of breath, repeated hospitalization, etc.
Article drafted under the supervision of Professor Gérard Huchon, Head of Pneumology at the Hôtel-Dieu hospital in Paris and Chairman of the Comité National de Lutte contre les Maladies Respiratoires.