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Who gets chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

People who smoke have the highest risk of developing COPD. People who live or work in areas where there are high levels of air pollution can also develop COPD. Some people have a genetic disorder called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency, which predisposes to lung damage and eventually leads to COPD.

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Author: Dr Joanne Van der Velden PhD, BSc (Hons)
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 18 May 2018
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Category: Asthma


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