Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung diseases where people have difficulty breathing because their airways have been narrowed. It includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The Lung Association is committed to supporting those affected by this progressive but treatable disease to live their best life. Here you can find the ‘need to know’ info on COPD, including what causes flare-ups, treatment and management.
In 80-90% of cases, COPD is caused by smoking. Some non-smokers can also get COPD. Other causes of COPD include:
Wood smoke and other biomass fuels (e.g., animal dung, crop residues) used for heating and cooking
Have questions about your breathing?
Our Lung Health Information Line is a free, confidential service offered between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Monday to Friday. To speak with a Certified Respiratory Educator (a healthcare professional with special training in COPD) call 1-866-717-COPD (2673). After hours, you can leave a message and we will return your call. Our educators will give you advice that will help you breathe your best!
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