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Who is most at risk for obstructive lung disease?

Since smoking cigarettes is the main factor in the development of obstructive lung disease, smokers are at the greatest risk. The longer someone smokes, the greater the risk becomes. Being exposed to excessive secondhand smoke can also put you at risk. Certain chemicals and air toxins increase the risks. People working in an environment that exposes them to toxic chemicals should consider wearing a mask over their nose and mouth.

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