Emphysema is an illness that slowly rots your lungs, keep smoking and it may eventually come to you. Which will make it very clear to you the difference between the discomfort of stopping smoking and the mind blowing excruciating pain and agony of not being able to breath in life giving air.
Emphysema is a chronic long-term lung disease that can get worse over time. It's usually caused by smoking. Having emphysema means some of the air sacs in your lungs are damaged, making it hard to breathe.
Smoking is the most important known factor. The great majority of people with emphysema also have chronic bronchitis, and have been heavy cigarette smokers
Emphysema cannot be cured mainly because damaged lung tissue cannot be replaced. The first step in the treatment is to stop smoking to prevent further damage.