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Smoking is the main cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious illness that makes breathing difficult. Take this quiz to find out more about COPD and how to prevent it.
Most people who have COPD are at least 40 years old when symptoms begin. Although it is not common, people younger than 40 can also have COPD. Symptoms of COPD include:
According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, these irritants can raise the risk for COPD:
To protect your health, keep the air in your home clean of airborne irritants.
Francesca Torriani, MD
Medical Director, Infection Prevention and Clinical Epidemiology
UC San Diego | School of Medicine