There is no cure, but measures can be taken to prevent COPD, slow the progression of the disease, and prevent COPD exacerbation, such as:
- Quit smoking
- Avoid exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
- Avoid exposure to air pollution
- Avoid exposure to certain gases, fumes and dusts in the workplace
- Take precautions against influenza and respiratory infections
To improve COPD at a societal level, the National Institutes of Health released the COPD National Action Plan. This patient-centered plan provides a comprehensive framework for action by those affected by the disease and those who care about reducing its burden.
For more information on how to prevent COPD: