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Will my lungs heal from COPD if I quit smoking?

Unfortunately your lungs will not heal from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) if you quit smoking. If lungs have deteriorated to the point of COPD, then they are past the point of healing. In general terms, COPD is the breakdown of the lung architecture and your body will not rebuild what COPD has damaged.

The single best thing for someone with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) who smokes is to stop smoking. Even in advanced COPD, stopping smoking can keep the condition from getting worse.

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