Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, referred to as COPD, describes diseases related to blocked air flow and shortness of breath, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and non-reversible asthma. COPD is caused by the inhalation of pollutants, which is most often caused through smoking.

Legislators can play an influential role in the battle against COPD, ranging from awareness campaigns to physician education initiatives and funding research. Supporting public health surveillance initiatives can also provide states with the information they need to better understand how COPD affects their populations. This toolkit provides more information about COPD, its costs, and sample legislation to provide a springboard for additional action.

More Information

Need help quitting? Or would like to help a family member/friend quit? Follow the link to to find an Online Guide to Quitting

Resource links:

American Association for Cancer Research

American Cancer Society