What are the abnormalities (diseases) in smoker's lung?
The major abnormalities in smoker's lung are grouped under the label of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the 4th leading cause of death in the US. COPD is preventable disease by stopping smoking; unfortunately, this is easier said than done. About 70% of smokers want to quit, but only 7% who try are smoke free after one year; however, one should not give up. Numerous tries, sometimes more than 10, and professional help often are needed, but the health benefits of smoking cessation make it worth the effort.
COPD is made up of two major, related diseases; emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Some smokers primarily have emphysema and some primarily have chronic bronchitis. Most, however, have a combination of these two diseases.
Smoker's lung is a chronic inflammation of the lungs. It's proper title is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). But this covers several different conditions including those commonly known as chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
The defining feature is obstruction of the flow of air in and out of the lungs which is not completely reversible (unlike asthma, where airflow can return to normal) and which usually gets progressively worse over time.
In COPD the respiratory passages become swollen and irritated, mucus production increases and the lung tissues become damaged. The symptoms are coughing and breathlessness that gets worse over time. Exacerbations (episodes where symptoms rapidly become much worse) often occur, and may require antibiotics or even hospital treatment.
The main cause of this disease is smoking, but it can also be aggravated by air pollution or allergies.
1 ounce pouch of Smoker's Aid herbs. Smoke's Aid is a non-tobacco blend created to help reduce coughing, repair lung tissue, and help with weight control. Blend includes: Dandelion, Nettle, Mullen, Coltsfoot, Damiana and Lobelia.
I had a thought that a home cigarette machine could be used to make this a easy way to help your lungs and maybe help some get off the cigarettes completely.