10 COPD Myths


COPD is always caused by smoking.

You’re a smoker. What did you expect?

As soon as I quit smoking, my lungs will start to regenerate.

Exercising helps build up my lungs.

Once I go on oxygen, that’s the beginning of the end.

The best thing is to do as little as possible.

A diagnosis of COPD is pretty much a death sentence.

It’s gross to cough and to spit out your mucous.

Wearing oxygen at home should be enough to help me when I go out.

I should be as thin as possible.

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