Skip to comments.One in Four Smokers Will Get Lung Disease
Posted on 10/17/2006 1:09:34 PM PDT by trumandogz
TUESDAY, Oct. 17 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds that at least 1 in every 4 smokers will develop progressive and incurable chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a much higher risk than previously believed.
COPD is a respiratory disease that results in blocked air flow to the lungs and grows progressively worse.
For this study, published online in the journal Thorax, researchers at Hvidovre Hospital analyzed data on 8,000 men and women, ages 30 to 60. All were monitored for 25 years as part of the Copenhagen City Heart Study.
At the start of the study, all the participants' lungs were healthy and working normally. However, over the course of the 25 years, the lungs of almost all the male non-smokers continued to function normally, compared to 60 percent of men who continued to smoke.
Among women, 90 percent of non-smokers still had healthy lungs at the end of 25 years, compared to 70 percent of smokers.
Overall, 25 percent of the participants developed moderate or severe COPD over the 25 years. Persistent smokers were six times more likely to develop COPD than non-smokers.
During the 25 years, there were 2,900 deaths in the study group. Of those deaths, 109 were directly attributable to COPD, and nearly all those deaths were in people who were active smokers at the start of the study. Only two non-smokers died of COPD.
The study also found a sharp decline in the risk of COPD among people who stopped smoking soon after the start of the study. Over the 25 years, none of these ex-smokers developed severe COPD.
Therefore, you must be mislocated.
Not at all...there are many pro-smoker FReepers who pull out charts that document how much they pay in taxes...and say that those of us who don't smoke should be grateful!!
I am grateful!!
I agree, wholeheartedly!!!
Enjoy your life, I will enjoy mine - which does not include you, thankfully.
I talked to a former boss of mine last month. He did give up smoking after a 40 year habit. Now he points out that having to be on oxygen is like being under house arrest. He cannot go to far. He is trying to get a transportable version so that he can go out of the house for more than a couple of hours at a time.
You never will, JA, and you know it.
Those who celebrate tyranny are complicit in its implementation and are thus, tyrants themselves.
Tell that to your chart-posters (you know who they are ;)...)
How many shares of Johnson and Johnson are in your stock portfolio?
"I've never observed that babes who were attracted to smokers were anything close to what I'd label the pick of the litter."
I'm sure my wife, who is a RN MSN would appreciate your statement.
And you people call us nasty.... give me a break.
Tell that to your comrades who enjoy watching other people get parking tickets.
Also...I didn't say it was right...I said I was grateful that they are paying my taxes for me!!
War is Peace
Freedom is Slavery
Ignorance is Strength
We have always been at war with Eastasia (or, in your case, eeeevviillllll tobacconists)
I see you have your slogan down pat. Good for you.
BTW, even in Airstrip One they could have a 'victory cigarette'.
One in four left wing smoke Nazi's will cause a smoker a heart attack : )
Those who advocate and enjoy other people having taxes levied against them thinking that those other people are paying "their" taxes are certifiably insane.
Considering that there is documentation in regard to my comment, from more than one source, I would have to say you are blowing smoke. I so dislike dissing our military, but it was a military outfit in Delaware that first brought it to my attention.
When they block my driveway...I do!!! I get even more thrill from the tow whe they block my parking spot!
I never said "enjoy"...I said I am "grateful."
I guess you have a bit of a reading problem. I think there are many posts now where I pointed out "grateful."
And idiocy - just like your posts.
I'm grateful that you haven't figured out that any tax imposed on anybody is a tax on you.
Keep right on advocating.
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