COPD is the fifth biggest killer in the UK and most cases are caused by smoking. Sufferers describe it as feeling like they are suffocating. Feeling short of breath is an early sign that can strike from your late 30s onwards. Every cigarette causes more damage to the lungs and increases a person's risk of COPD.
Even if you have it, quitting can bring massive improvements to the way you feel and your healthFind your local stop smoking service
If you have symptoms that you are concerned about, talk to your GP. The British Lung Foundation also has lots of support and advice on its website and has local support groups. Visit their website or phone the national helpline 03000 030 555Visit British Lung foundation
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