COPD and population health
Cigarette smoking leads to a number of smoking-related diseases over time, one of which is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD, and smoking is one of the most common factors in COPD development. As of today, this disease is neither curable nor reversible. For people who do smoke, quitting tobacco and nicotine altogether is the best way to minimize their chances of developing any smoking-related disease, including COPD.
COPD is a serious disease, but even knowing this, many smokers do not quit.