COPD - Causes
The main cause of COPD is smoking. Approximately 1 out of 4 smokers get COPD. Other things that may raise your chances of getting COPD include:
- Inhaling secondhand smoke
- Having problems with lung growth and development
- Working or living near pollution – like dust or chemicals
- Recurring respiratory infections
Problems such as lung growth and development are out of your control; the key is to control what you can. If you smoke, quitting is the most important thing you can do to help slow down your disease.
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