COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is the name given to a group of common illnesses that constrict, or obstruct, the lungs and airways. The two forms of COPD are chronic bronchitis and emphysema.
The most common cause of COPD is smoking, and the more a person smokes, the more likely they are to develop COPD, though some people smoke for many years and never get COPD, and very rarely people who have never smoked can develop this disease.
Other common causes of COPD include exposure to certain gases or fumes in the workplace, exposure to heavy amounts of secondhand smoke and pollution, and frequent use of a cooking fire without proper ventilation.
There is no cure for COPD. But there are many things you can do to relieve symptoms an...