Posts in the Comorbidities Category

Smoking and COPD – We Can Help

January 7th, 2015 | Author: Katelyn Turner

The Centers for Disease Control today reported that close to half of U.S. adults over 40 who live with asthma or COPD still continue to smoke. The information follows a recent CDC report which found that 15 percent of Americans between 40 and 79 years of age suffer from an obstruction of the lungs, such as COPD. The study concluded that 46 percent of adults between the ages of 40 and 79 with COPD currently smoked, with the statistic rising to 55 percent of individuals with “moderate or worse” levels of the disease.



Researchers found that rates of smoking for individuals with COPD and similar diseases more than doubled that of people who do not live with such illnesses.

“Cigarette smoking is the most important, but not the only, risk factor for COPD in the United States. The single most important intervention a smoker with COPD can do is to stop smoking. However, COPD often progresses in patients long after they have stopped smoking, and up to 25% of people with evidence of COPD have never smoked. The COPD Foundation continues to pursue better strategies to prevent, treat, and some day, cure, COPD,” said David M. Mannino, M.D., member of the COPD Foundation’s Board of Directors and Professor at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health.

The COPD Foundation is committed to assisting those who live with COPD and their efforts to quit smoking. The Foundation recognizes the various challenges our community members face and offers peer-to-peer support for those who wish to quit. If you live with COPD and would like to speak with someone directly about your options, please call our C.O.P.D. Information Line at 1-866-316-2673, Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST. You may also visit for online peer support.

For more information about smoking cessation, please visit the COPD Foundation website here.

Read the full CDC report here.

Don’t Let COPD Control Your Life

February 19th, 2013 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

COPD is commonly considered a “smokers disease,” but did you know Read more…

Add Years to Your Life – Ditch the Cigarettes!

January 31st, 2013 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

The Washington Post recently reported about a milestone study addressing the ills related to smoking. Read more…

COPD and Fatigue: A New Study

June 18th, 2012 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Fatigue, the lack of physical energy or mental concentration, Read more…

COPD and Panic Attacks

March 19th, 2012 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

This blog post was written by Ryan Rivera, Read more…

Occupational Exposure

October 25th, 2011 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

COPD is often considered a “smokers disease,” and yes, smoking is a primary cause. Read more…

Occupational Exposure

September 12th, 2011 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

COPD is often considered a “smokers disease,” and yes, it is a primary cause.  However, did you know that approximately 15% of all COPD cases are due to occupational exposure to smoke and other pollutants??  When one is in contact with harmful gases, smokes, dust, and/or chemicals over a prolonged period of time, the result can be devastating to one’s lungs.  What can one do to prevent harm to the lungs – especially if s/he has no choice of work?

Deborah Leader, RN, made some good suggestions on

“Primary Prevention

The best way to approach occupational COPD is through prevention, both primary and secondary. Not only does prevention help reduce morbidity associated with workplace exposure, but it limits the severe disability that is often associated with the disease.

If you are currently working, the following primary prevention strategies will help you arrest workplace hazards before any damage to your lungs has been done:

  • Elimination — eliminate exposure to airway irritants by completely avoiding them (the best approach) and replace noxious substances with non-toxic agents.
  • Engineering controls — if substitution (as above) is not possible, maintain control by closing off the industrial process and properly ventilating the work area at all times.
  • Administrative controls — transfer to another department or change work duties.
  • Protect yourself — wear personal protective equipment (masks or respirators.)
  • Don’t smoke — either inside, or outside the workplace.

Secondary Prevention

Early detection is the key to secondary prevention, a strategy designed to reduce the duration of workplace exposure and limit its severity. The following examples are two important secondary prevention methods:

  • Medical surveillance programs that provide health screening questionnaires to employees during the initial hiring process and then repeated on an annual basis.

(taken from

Folks working in industries dealing with rubber, plastics and leather manufacturing, utilities, textiles manufacturing, construction, and mining are at high risk for COPD.  “One study reported that 80 out of 1,000 non-smoking coal miners with cumulative, high levels of dust exposure could be expected to develop a 20% or greater loss of FEV1 attributable to dust. For gold miners, the risk was nearly three times that of coal miners, at less than one-fifth of the cumulative dust exposure.” (

What is your experience with occupational exposure to pollutants??  What can be done to protect those at risk?  Share your thoughts!

COPD and Lung Cancer

August 1st, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

This blog post was written by Enrique Diaz-Guzman, MD, Read more…

COPD and Sleep Apnea; Advice from Sue Binnall

July 29th, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

Sue Binnall was diagnosed with COPD in 1995, and it wasn’t until 2001 Read more…

Sleep Apnea and COPD: What Patients Should Know

July 25th, 2011 | Author: Katelyn Turner

This blog post was written by Xavier Soler, MD, PhD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Read more…