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Smoking and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

Posted on 12th April, 2021

by Legal Staff

While tobacco smoking is mostly associated with lung cancer, it can actually cause numerous other respiratory diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

This serious health problem refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow obstruction and breathing issues. It includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.

Approximately 16 million people in the United States are currently struggling with this disease.

Nevertheless, the real number of cases may be higher, as the American Lung Association estimates that 24 million individuals have this condition. Smoking is responsible for 85% to 90% of cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as for 8 out of 10 deaths attributed to this awful condition.

However, people who began smoking before 1964 as minors and developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are eligible for compensation from the manufactures whose cigarettes they have been smoking.

What Is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease?

In the majority of cases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease can be prevented, as it is often the result of tobacco use. Regardless of the type of cigarettes you smoke, you are at high risk of developing this respiratory condition, as tobacco smoke contains over 7,000 chemicals, out of which 250 are highly dangerous for our health.

Over the years, the disease causes loss of lung function, which takes a heavy toll on the life quality of the sufferer. Nonetheless, chronic obstructive disease can also be the result of exposure to toxic agents such as fumes from burning fuel for cooking and heating in poorly ventilated homes.

Additionally, people who regularly inhale secondhand tobacco smoke are also at great risk of coming to struggle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that leads to obstructed airflow in the lungs. The two conditions that contribute to the development of this disease, emphysema and chronic bronchitis, usually occur together and vary in intensity.

Emphysema is a condition in which the alveoli, the small air sacs of the lungs, are severely damaged as a consequence of exposure to cigarette smoke, whereas chronic bronchitis is the inflammation of the lining of the bronchial tubes, which carry air to and from the alveoli.

The most common symptoms of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which you should look out for if you are a smoker, include the following:

  • a persistent cough
  • wheezing
  • shortness of breath
  • excess phlegm or sputum
  • difficulty taking a deep breath
  • chest tightness
  • fatigue
  • swelling in the ankles and legs
  • frequent respiratory infections

It is noteworthy that people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are susceptible to experiencing episodes known as exacerbations, during which their symptoms worsen and persist for at least several days.

Women who smoke are 13 more likely to lose their lives to chronic obstructive disease than those who do not smoke, while men are 12 times more likely to die of this respiratory condition than those who do not use tobacco products.

If you are a smoker and received a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, we strongly encourage you to contact the team of professionals at Atraxia Law to find out whether you qualify for compensation from the tobacco companies whose products you have been using.

File a Tobacco Claim with the Help of Our Resourceful Team of Experts

With over 35 years of experience in evaluating personal injury and product liability claims, the team of professionals at Atraxia Law is ready to provide you with quality assistance in determining whether you are eligible for compensation from tobacco manufacturers.

In order to qualify for filing a tobacco claim, you must have begun smoking before 1964 as a minor. We will thoroughly assess your situation and eventually let you know if you are entitled to financial compensation from the tobacco manufacturers whose cigarettes you have been smoking.

If you are, we will subsequently guide you to a lawyer whose main area of practice is toxic exposure so that you can receive the money you deserve for your suffering. For additional information, please feel free to contact us and we will gladly answer your questions.