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Quitting smoking can slow the worsening of emphysema symptoms.

Quitting smoking can slow the worsening of emphysema symptoms.
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Emphysema and COPD statistics

Emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a significant impact on Australians:

  • COPD affects 1 in 7 Australians over 40 years of age.
  • COPD is the fifth most common cause of death in Australia.
  • People who smoke are more than 6 times as likely to have COPD as non-smokers.
  • Even people who have given up are 5 times as likely to develop emphysema as people who have never smoked.

Last reviewed: November 2016

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