Meet Gerri. She's only 57 years old, and she's dying from emphysema caused by chronic smoking.
Emphysema is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S. In this incurable disease, the tissues necessary to support the physical shape and function of the lungs are destroyed.
Included in a group of diseases called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or COPD (pulmonary refers to the lungs), emphysema is called an obstructive lung disease because the destruction of lung tissue around smaller sacs, called alveoli, makes these air sacs lose their elasticity, and unable to hold their functional shape upon exhalation.
About 9 out of 10 emphysema cases are caused by smoking. Please don't wait to quit smoking.
Source: Tobacco Free Florida