Cigarette smoking is the  number one risk factor for developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD. What is COPD? COPD is aa progressive, incurable lung disease that makes it harder to breathe over time. Smoking is  responsible for 8 out of 10 COPD-related deaths. There is an interesting study concerning the effects of Marijuana on COPD. Read The Article

Signs Of COPD

COPD symptoms often don’t appear until significant lung damage has occurred, and they usually worsen over time, particularly if smoking exposure continues. For chronic bronchitis, the main symptom is a daily cough and mucus (sputum) production at least three months a year for two consecutive years.

Other signs and symptoms of COPD may include:

1.Shortness of breath, especially during physical activities 2.Wheezing
3.Chest tightness
4.Having to clear your throat first thing in the morning, due to excess mucus in your lungs
5.A chronic cough that may produce mucus (sputum) that may be clear, white, yellow or greenish
6.Blueness of the lips or fingernail beds (cyanosis)
7.Frequent respiratory infections
8.Lack of energy
9.Unintended weight loss (in later stages)
10.Swelling in ankles, feet or legs

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