Smoker’s lung is a term used to describe the overall wellbeing and health of a smoker’s lung. Smoking is associated with a variety of health problems, including stroke, lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, asthma, diabetes, macular degeneration, reproductive problems in women and premature babies. According to the American Lung Association, a person has less than a one in five chance of still being alive five years after a lung cancer diagnosis. Symptoms and treatment of smoker’s lung are as follows.
10. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Most cases of smoker’s lung can be categorized under chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, which affects around forty million people worldwide. Research shows that although it is only the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, it is the only one of the top five causes of death to increase over the past ten years. COPD is made up of two different diseases called emphysema, involving the lung alveoli, and chronic bronchitis, comprising the bronchial passageway.