Plenty of people get COPD
COPD is more widespread than you may think. About 24 million people in the U.S. have COPD, but about half are diagnosed.
A few things can cause COPD, but smoking cigarettes is responsible in at least 75% of all cases in the U.S. Among nonsmokers, other risk factors for developing the condition include occupational exposure to dust and chemicals, and indoor and outdoor air pollution as well as a family history of COPD.
No one wants to have COPD, but there are things you can do to help improve your breathing. If you think about it, the earlier you discover the disease, the sooner you can learn ways to manage it.