LUNG CANCER ISN’T THE ONLY WAY THAT SMOKING KILLS PEOPLE
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a term used to describe permanent conditions that interfere with air flow in to and out of the lungs. People suffering from COPD sometimes describe it as feeling like they’re drowning. Smoking is the main cause of COPD. Cigarette smoking accounts for about 90 percent of all cases of COPD. Two main types of COPD exist: chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
Chronic bronchitis is a condition where airways become inflamed and clogged with mucus. It causes coughing and difficulty breathing.
Emphysema is caused when tiny air sacs in the lungs are destroyed. This can result in permanent “holes” in the lung tissue, making breathing more difficult over time as lungs lose their elasticity.