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Quitting Smoking

Chronic Lung Disease: Tips for Quitting Smoking - VHL HealthSheet #82483_VA
Smoking is the main cause of COPD. Cigarette smoke damages lung tissue and irritates airways, which makes breathing harder. Smoking also damages cilia in the airways. So, the cilia can’t do their job of clearing mucus, dirt, and germs from the lungs.
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