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telephone contact on smoking cessation attempts, which will also be presented at CHEST 2006.

According to Dr. Cohen, this study shows that a significant number of people in the community have undiagnosed obstructive lung disease. He suggests that public spirometry screening presents a great opportunity for public health intervention.

“Spirometry screening is an easy, painless, and noninvasive test that identifies people with obstructive lung disease, even at a stage when they may not be experiencing significant symptoms,” Dr. Cohen said. “This is especially important, because people in our sedentary society may not experience symptoms until COPD is relatively advanced.”

“Spirometry screening can help identify patients with lung impairment and may encourage patients who smoke to quit,” said Mark J. Rosen, MD, FCCP, President of the American College of Chest Physicians. “Clinicians should encourage spirometry screening in all patients who smoke and in people with respiratory symptoms with no known cause.”

“Current smokers, when confronted with decreased lung function, may be more motivated to quit, and we had a wonderful opportunity to coordinate our public health COPD initiative with our campaign to make Chicago smoke free,” said Dr. Cohen. “This program helped many persons from diverse communities in the Chicago metropolitan area by identifying, educating, and counseling.”

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