Smoking is one of the leading causes of chronic lung diseases. People who are diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and other chronic lung conditions are often current or former smokers. According to a report by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), about 75% of COPD patients have regularly smoked at some point in their lives.
One of the best things you can do if you’ve been diagnosed with chronic lung disease is to quit smoking. As hard as this may be, convincing your spouse, children or other loved ones to quit may be even more difficult, and it can be hard to even talk to them about quitting. However, here are 2 tips you can consider before talking to your loved one about smoking.
One issue with talking to a loved one about smoking is you may feel slightly hypocritical, especially if you were a smoker once yourself. This is why you may want to avoid asking them to quit for you. Instead, it may be more effective to encourage them to quit for themselves. Also, being open and honest with them about how smoking has affected your life is a good idea. You can also express that you don’t want them to go through your same health struggles, and you can even suggest that you can support each other while you quit if you haven’t quit already.
Asking a loved one to stop smoking may not be enough to get them to stop. If they decide to continue smoking, it’s necessary that you ask them not to smoke around you. This is because the smoke itself may lead to a worsening, or exacerbation, of your chronic lung disease symptoms. However, you should stay mindful when asking them to not smoke around you. Keep in mind that you’re not trying to make them feel uncomfortable when they’re around you. Instead, continue to make them feel welcome in your home by setting up a designated smoking area outside. This way they’ll know you still want them to visit you, and you won’t have to be around the unhealthy smoke.
Finding effective ways to treat your chronic lung disease symptoms is important to maintaining a high quality of life. Many of these treatments may be prescribed by your doctor, but there are supplemental treatment options from Lung Health Institute that may help, too.
For instance, we offer Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™, or AI2™, plans. These plans offer loads of helpful information about topics like lung-healthy eating, exercising and sleeping. They’re also intended to offer a number of benefits, including boosting your immune system naturally and training your body to use fats as inflammation-fighting fuel.
Another treatment option we offer is minimally invasive cellular therapy. This is a procedure that uses concentrated platelets and other helpful cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets release healing properties that, when combined with growth factors, proteins and other helpful cells, may help to promote healing in damaged tissue and reduce inﬂammation in your lungs.
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