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Do all smokers develop chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?

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COPD: Most patients who develop COPD are or were smokers. There is some data that states that nonsmokers who have second hand smoker exposure can develop COPD as well. Not all smokers develop copd. The longer you smoke, the more likely you are to develop it.

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No: Only 30 to 50 percent of smokers develop copd.

Answered 12/9/2014

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