• The main cause of COPD is smoking. In Canada, smoking causes over 80% of COPD cases. The longer and heavier a person smokes, the higher their risk.

  • COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a condition in which airflow into and out of the lungs becomes increasingly limited over time.

  • The type and severity of COPD symptoms you experience may differ from other people with the same disease.

  • COPD flare-ups (also called COPD exacerbations) are times when your symptoms get noticeably worse or when new symptoms appear.

  • COPD is a chronic condition that will likely get worse over time. COPD can also put you at higher risk for other health problems.

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