Smoking is the leading cause of COPD, so quitting smoking is the most important thing you can do to affect the progression of the disease. In fact, you will feel the benefit within just a few days of quitting smoking. It is true that stopping smoking is not easy, but there are many strategies and options to help you succeed. ¹⁻²
For women, smoking is often a way of coping with emotional stress more than nicotine addiction and so quitting smoking requires more emotional support and stress relief.
Whereas for men, smoking is more an addiction to nicotine, which can often be satisfied with traditional nicotine patches. ¹⁻³
You should always seek your doctor's advice on the different options available for quitting smoking and which ones might work best for you. We have highlighted some of the strategies that may help counter your social and emotional needs to smoke.