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Does smoking affect my emphysema?
10 doctors weighed in

Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Family Medicine
4 doctors agree
In brief: Causes emphysema!
I completely agree with dr ferranti's answer. The only thing i will add is that smoking is the number one cause of emphysema/copd.
It is never too late to stop. While the damage does not reverse, the rate of damage returns to a more normal level of expected decline. Stopping at any time can add years to life and maybe delay disability. Please stop!

In brief: Causes emphysema!
I completely agree with dr ferranti's answer. The only thing i will add is that smoking is the number one cause of emphysema/copd.
It is never too late to stop. While the damage does not reverse, the rate of damage returns to a more normal level of expected decline. Stopping at any time can add years to life and maybe delay disability. Please stop!
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
Dr. Reid Blackwelder
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Absolutely!
Smoking is most likely the primary cause of your emphysema.
Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue. When you smoke, you inhale toxins and other damaging agents. The white cells in your body fight these off, and in the process, damage the lung. So, stop smoking asap...Like yesterday. :).

In brief: Absolutely!
Smoking is most likely the primary cause of your emphysema.
Emphysema is destruction of lung tissue. When you smoke, you inhale toxins and other damaging agents. The white cells in your body fight these off, and in the process, damage the lung. So, stop smoking asap...Like yesterday. :).
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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Dr. Latisha Smith
Wound care
In brief: Yes
The most frequent cause of emphysema is smoking.
Once the lung scarring reaches the point where it is causing shortness of breath, every puff from a cigarette, will cause the emphysema to worsen. In addition, if your emphysema progresses to the point where home oxygen is needed, smoking around an oxygen source is a huge fire hazard risking injury to yourself and all those near you.

In brief: Yes
The most frequent cause of emphysema is smoking.
Once the lung scarring reaches the point where it is causing shortness of breath, every puff from a cigarette, will cause the emphysema to worsen. In addition, if your emphysema progresses to the point where home oxygen is needed, smoking around an oxygen source is a huge fire hazard risking injury to yourself and all those near you.
Dr. Latisha Smith
Dr. Latisha Smith
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Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Family Medicine
In brief: Yes
There are more than 4000 chemicals in cigarette which can cause severe irritation of the lung and airway tissue.
Emphysema is one type of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which basically has no cure, only symptom management and disease control, and when you stop smoking, it reduces the progression.

In brief: Yes
There are more than 4000 chemicals in cigarette which can cause severe irritation of the lung and airway tissue.
Emphysema is one type of copd, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease which basically has no cure, only symptom management and disease control, and when you stop smoking, it reduces the progression.
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
Dr. Sarkis Banipalsin
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