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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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When does obstructive lung disease begin to develop?
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Obstructive lung disease usually begins developing in the mid 40s. The first symptom is usually mild...
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Does obstructive lung disease affect children differently than adults?
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Obstructive lung disease, which is mainly caused from smoking cigarettes, is extremely rare in child...
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What increases my risk for obstructive lung disease?
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Smoking cigarettes significantly increases your risk for obstructive lung disease. Exposure to secon...
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What is the rate of incidence for obstructive lung disease?
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Obstructive lung disease is a very common illness. Approximately 12 million Americans have the disea...
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