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Fast Fact #1

In the United States, an estimated 24 million people are believed to have COPD.1 Of those, as many as 12 million people have not yet been diagnosed.2

Fast Fact #2

COPD is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, accounting for more than 127,000 deaths every year.3

Fast Fact #3

COPD costs the United States approximately $50 billion dollars annually in health-related economic losses.4

Fast Fact #4

Smoking is not the only cause of COPD; second-hand smoke, occupational dust and chemicals, air pollution, and genetic factors also cause COPD.5

Fast Fact #5

COPD is expected to be the third leading cause of death globally by 2020.6

Fast Fact #6

COPD kills more women than men each year.7

Fast Fact #7

A person with COPD dies every four minutes in the United States.8

Fast Fact #8

As many as 4,000 adolescents start smoking every day.9

Fast Fact #9

Smoking kills more than 443,000 Americans every year.10

  1. Mannino DM, Homa DM, Akinbami LJ, et al. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease surveillance—United States, 1971-2000. MMWR Surv Summ. 2002;51(SS06):1-16. Accessed August 2010.
  2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. National Center for Health Statistics: National Health Interview Survey Raw Data, 2007. Analysis performed by American Lung Association Research and Program Services using SPSS and SUDAAN software. Cited in: American Lung Association. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease fact sheet. Accessed August 13, 2010.
  3. Xu J, Kochanek KD, Murphy SL, et al. Deaths: final data for 2007. National Vital Statistics Reports web release; vol 58 no 19. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics; 2010. (Table B: Accessed August 13, 2010.
  4. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Morbidity and Mortality: 2009 Chart Book on Cardiovascular, Lung, and Blood Diseases. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health; 2009. Accessed August 13, 2010.
  5. Reilly JJ Jr, Silverman EK, Shapiro SD. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. In: Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Kasper DL, et al, eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2008. Chapter 254. Accessed November 17, 2010.
  6. Murray CJL, Lopez AD. Alternative projections of mortality and disability by cause 1990–2020: Global Burden of Disease study. Lancet. 1997;349(9064):1498-1504.
  7. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease—United States, 2000–2005. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2008;57(45):1229-1232.
  8. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Atlanta, GA: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 2010. Accessed: December 8, 2010.
  9. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Results from the 2009 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Volume I. Summary of National Findings. Rockville, MD: US Department of Health and Human Services; 2010. Accessed December 27, 2010.
  10. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Smoking-attributable mortality, years of potential life lost, and productivity losses—United States, 2000–2004. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2008;57(45):1226-1228.

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