Reducing Your Risk of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
Don’t Smoke Cigarettes
Avoid Exposure to Environmental Irritants
- Secondhand smoke
- Biomass smoke (such as smoke from burning wood, charcoal, crop residue)
Avoid Close Contact With People Who Have Respiratory Infections
Have a Blood Test to Determine Levels of Alpha-1-Antitrypsin
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- Review Date: 03/2015 -
- Update Date: 03/15/2015 -
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