Non-smokers have fewer symptoms, milder COPD

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

COPENHAGEN – People who have never smoked can develop COPD, but they experience fewer symptoms, less inflammation and a milder form of the disease than do former and current smokers with the condition, according to a recent study. Researchers from Copenhagen University Hospital discovered COPD displays different characteristics in non-smokers, producing less severe outcomes. Patients who had never smoked were hospitalized fewer times and had decreased risk of associated cardiovascular disease, but they still suffered substantial morbidity because of lung-related hospital admissions, according to the study, which was published recently in The Lancet: Respiratory Medicine.