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    What is Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)?

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    The term Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) covers long term lung conditions which are characterised by shortness of breath, such as emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  Whilst each condition can occur on its own, many people have a mixture of the two problems.  COPD usually occurs in people who have smoked or continue to smoke cigarettes.  Exposure to irritants like fumes and dust can increase the risk of developing COPD.

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