What is COPD?

Healthcare professionals are seeing rising numbers of Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients around the world. As populations age, the prevalence of COPD and the burden of COPD is going to increase significantly.1

COPD is caused primarily by smoking, with tobacco accounting for as much as 90 percent of the risk for the development of this disease. However, second-hand smoke, air pollution and occupational exposure to vapours, irritants and fumes are other factors that contribute to COPD.

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    A. Sonia Buist, M.D., chief, division of pulmonary and critical care medicine, Oregon Health & Science University, 2007

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