Home > Lifestyle > Stop smoking > Stop smoking advice 23 February 2011 If I have COPD, why should I stop smoking? COPD will progress more rapidly unless you do stop smoking. Quitting will increase your lung function and could prevent your having to use supplemental oxygen within months. 0 Ask Stop Smoking Advice » Assess Ready to quit smoking? » Assess Are you at risk for cancer? » Assess Are you at risk for COPD? » Quit smoking this year Is this the best anti-smoking ad ever? Quite simply, COPD will progress all the more rapidly unless you do stop smoking. Stopping smoking is the most valuable intervention to prevent an accelerated decline in lung function. (Health24 A - Z of COPD) More in Lifestyle Quitting smoking may help you gain friends More: Stop smokingStop smoking advice advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win a R2 000 Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.