Reduce COPD Limitations: Stop Smoking & Exercise More

Posted: 3/27/2015

March 26, 2015
In this issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), the CDC released Employment and Activity Limitations Among Adults with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — United States, 2013.  In this study, adults with COPD who reported being nonsmokers and physically active were less likely to report activity limitations.
CDC analyzed data from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) and found that adults who reported having COPD were more likely to report being unable to work (24.3% versus 5.3%), having an activity limitation caused by health problems (49.6% versus 16.9%), having difficulty walking or climbing stairs (38.4% versus 11.3%), or using special equipment to manage health problems (22.1% versus 6.7%), compared with adults without COPD. Among adults with COPD, nonsmokers who also reported being physically active were least likely to report all of the activity limitation measures, whereas those not physically active, regardless of smoking status, were most likely to report the activity limitations.
These results further promote smoking cessation for adults with COPD who currently smoke and pulmonary rehabilitation including regular exercise for all adults living with COPD.  The Respiratory Health Association encourages smoking cessation and pulmonary rehabilitation for adults living with COPD.  You can find more information and resources on our website at the links listed below.

RHA resources on smoking cessation

RHA resources on COPD treatment

For a list of pulmonary rehabilitation programs in IL and IN

For more information about the MMWR study