Prevalence characteristics of COPD in never smokers

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Prevalence characteristics of COPD in never smokers

Postby Wilberforce » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:05 pm

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Prevalence characteristics of COPD in never smokers
Ramadan M. Bakr, , Ibrahim I. Elmahallawy
http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/ar ... 3812000362

Worldwide, about 50% of all households and 90% of rural households use biomass fuel (wood, charcoal, other vegetable matter, and animal dung) and coal as their main source of domestic energy. About 3 billion people worldwide are exposed to smoke from biomass fuel compared with 1.01 billion people who smoke tobacco, suggesting that exposure to biomass smoke is one of the most important global risk factors for COPD. About 50% of deaths from COPD in developing countries are attributable to biomass smoke [32] and [33].
• The Surgeon General has determined that there is no safe level of exposure to ambient smoke!

• If you smell even a subtle odor of smoke, you are being exposed to poisonous and carcinogenic chemical compounds!

• Even a brief exposure to smoke raises blood pressure, (no matter what your state of health) and can cause blood clotting, stroke, or heart attack in vulnerable people. Even children experience elevated blood pressure when exposed to smoke!

• Since smoke drastically weakens the lungs' immune system, avoiding smoke is one of the best ways to prevent colds, flu, bronchitis, or risk of an even more serious respiratory illness, such as pneumonia or tuberculosis! Does your child have the flu? Chances are they have been exposed to ambient smoke!
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