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Does obstructive lung disease affect children differently than adults?

Obstructive lung disease, which is mainly caused from smoking cigarettes, is extremely rare in children. Secondhand smoke is a factor of obstructive lung disease, so it is important to keep children away from secondhand smoke and other air toxins. Cases of obstructive lung disease in children are primarily due to rare genetic factors. Children who suffer from severe asthma have a higher risk of developing obstructive lung disease when they become adults.

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