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Hello and welcome. I'm Dr Chip
A Family Practice doctor or an urgent care doctor can start the workup to see what your problem is--whether it's emphysema or chronic bronchitis/asthma.
Usually those conditions can be diagnosed and treated without the need of a pulmonologist
Please let me know if you need any more information
No, not the point of no return if you'll stop.
You may have some emphysema and that can never be reversed but the rest of your lungs has the capacity to take up the slack.
If it was mild then most of your problem is the chronic bronchitis that will completely clear if you stop smoking.
Probably it still is mild--just bite the bullet and stop the cigarettes