Due to the fact that in Mexico the age of initiation of smoking has significantly decreased (which is recorded on average from 14 years old), cases of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more likely to occur from the third decade of life, Ireri Tirion warned. , pulmonologist at the National Institute of Respiratory Diseases (INER).
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During the virtual conference “Change the Age of Respiratory Disease”, the specialist noted that from the moment a person starts using tobacco or even using electronic devices, it can take about 20 years before they develop symptoms such as cough, phlegm, shortness of breath and in some cases, tightness or wheezing in the chest.
Therefore, according to him, one should immediately seek the diagnosis of this disease if the aforementioned symptoms persist for more than three months.
The sooner we start smoking or being exposed to it, the sooner, compared to years of exposure, I will develop the disease.
The average age at which we start smoking in Mexico is 14, so if I start smoking at 14, twenty years later, i.e. between the ages of 30 and 40, I will already have the disease when I am fully productive people and bring income to my family,” the INER specialist explained.
Ireri Tirion added that from 1990 to the present, COPD has been between the fourth and seventh leading cause of death in our country.
This is a disease that obstructs the flow of air to the lungs, causing difficulty in breathing as a result of prolonged exposure to gases or smoke, such as when cooking with wood in the countryside.
However, for the general population, tobacco use or use of electronic devices is the determining factor.
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