Risk factors for COPD

Tobacco smoke is the greatest risk factor for COPD in the developed world. Here, you will learn about how air pollution, occupational dusts and chemicals, and other risk factors can also increase the risk of developing this disease.

COPD contributing factors

 

Figure 1: Causes of COPD.
Adapted from Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD. 2011.1



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Reference

  1. Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD): Global Strategy for the Diagnosis, Management, and Prevention of COPD. 2013. www.goldcopd.org

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