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Quitting smoking

Quitting smoking is the only proven way to slow COPD progression.

Quitting smoking helps stop the harmful damage caused by cigarette smoking. Stopping smoking also slows down the rate at which chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) gets worse. As hard as it can be, millions of people have managed to quit smoking—and you can too.

Start with your doctor.

  • Talk about it. Your doctor can help explain the benefits of quitting smoking and can help provide valuable advice as you start trying to quit
  • Consider smoking cessation products. Your doctor can tell you more about the prescription and over-the-counter products available to help you quit. Ask your doctor if any of these products might be right for you:
    • The nicotine patch: Gives you a steady level of nicotine
    • Nicotine gum: Lets you take it when you feel the need
    • Nicotine inhalers: Mimic the motions of cigarette smoking
    • Prescription treatments: Options are available that can help reduce cravings or limit the side effects of quitting

Keep these things in mind:

  • Know why you want to quit. Maybe you watched a friend suffer with lung disease. Or maybe you want to make sure you can play with your grandkids. Having a reason that inspires you can raise your chance of success
  • Know and avoid your smoking triggers. If you smoke while you watch the news, go for a walk instead. Change your routine. Dump habits like taking smoke breaks with coworkers
  • Get support from others who understand. Ask about support groups for people trying to quit. You can talk or just listen
  • Keep trying. If your first attempt at quitting doesn’t work, don’t worry. Just try again

Try programs to help you quit smoking.

The American Lung Association, the American Cancer Society, and the American Heart Association all sponsor smoking cessation programs.

It’s never too late to quit smoking. Before starting any smoking cessation program, talk to your doctor. He or she can tell you what program might be right for you, and how well it can work.

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