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Does emphysema progress even if you quit smoking?
8 doctors weighed in

Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
The rate of progression varies by individual, but the process of destruction does slow down with smoking.
In some back to levels that would be present if the patient never smoked, in others just at a slower rate. At present, the biological mechanism that leads to emphysema eludes us.

In brief: Yes
The rate of progression varies by individual, but the process of destruction does slow down with smoking.
In some back to levels that would be present if the patient never smoked, in others just at a slower rate. At present, the biological mechanism that leads to emphysema eludes us.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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Dr. Asaf Presente
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
2 doctors agree
In brief: Yes
Unfortunately, we are all slowly losing lung function over time (see diagram) so even if a person with emphysema quits their disease will still progress - however, the rate of decline is vastly different between patients with emphasema that quit smoking and those that continue to smoke (it is never too late to quit!).

In brief: Yes
Unfortunately, we are all slowly losing lung function over time (see diagram) so even if a person with emphysema quits their disease will still progress - however, the rate of decline is vastly different between patients with emphasema that quit smoking and those that continue to smoke (it is never too late to quit!).
Dr. Asaf Presente
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Dr. George Ciechanowski
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Yes
COPD is a progressive disease.

In brief: Yes
COPD is a progressive disease.
Dr. George Ciechanowski
Dr. George Ciechanowski
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Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
usually it stops. smoking cessation helps.
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