Cigarette Smoke Chokes Self-Healing Capacity of Lungs
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a chronic lung condition characterized by cough, bronchitis and breathing difficulties. In Germany, COPD affects around 10%-12% of the adults over 40 years of age. Experts estimate the national economic costs of the disease at almost six billion euros annually. Smoke from cigarettes blocks self-healing processes in the lungs and consequently can lead to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Researchers at the Helmholtz Zentrum MÃ¼nchen, partner in the German Center for Lung Research (DZL), and their international colleagues have reported the findings.
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