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Non-Smokers Getting a Smokers Disease

Dr. Jeff Bennert says, "If I can smell it its affecting me in some way. If I can smell it then obviously the contaminants, the things in the cigarettes that are causing the odors are reaching me." Dr. Jeff Bennert says, "If I can smell it its affecting me in some way. If I can smell it then obviously the contaminants, the things in the cigarettes that are causing the odors are reaching me."

More than 2 point 5 million people die from "smokers cough" each year. And a new study says the disease is increasing in numbers. But in an unlikely source... Non-smokers.

Doctors are now linking COPD or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with non smokers who in spend hours indoors with smokers.

It may be your work, home or favorite hangout... But if it's anywhere smokers are, experts say you could be at risk.

Dr. Jeff Bennert says, "If I can smell it its affecting me in some way. If I can smell it then obviously the contaminants, the things in the cigarettes that are causing the odors are reaching me."

Doctors say one in 10 adults over the age of 40 are suffering from COPD, due to their long term exposure around smokers.

You may not be outside with a smoker but the second they walk through the door all those toxic fumes and chemicals are coming right back in with them.

Experts say the residual chemicals on smokers cause airways in your lungs close over time... Trapping air and germs in your lungs and breeding disease.

Dr. L.A. White Jr. says, "They will have a problem breathing, they will wheeze they will get tired easily."

Doctors recommend getting checked regularly for COPD if you are around a smoker often, since it is treatable, but not completely curable.

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