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What are the causes of COPD | How do you get COPD ?

Smoking :

There is direct correlation between the smoking status and COPD onset. Most of the people get COPD either due to current smoking condition or past smoking condition . Doctors calculate something called smoke pack years . For example if you smoke 5 cigarettes every day for 5 years then it is equal to one smoke year

Calculate your number of pack years by clicking on the below link

http://smokingpackyears.com/

Air pollution

Traffic related pollution and other types of pollution directly cause this condition . A study was conducted based on the levels of NO2 exposure and you can read more details about the study here http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101019111536.htm

Secondhand smoke

Although you do not smoke often you can be a victim of second hand smoke. Refer to the following video on second hand smoking


Genetic link

Deficiency of a protein called AAT is also linked to COPD . AAT is a rare condition and it accounts for a small percentage of the causes for this condition

Industrial dust and chemical fumes

Below are some of the reasons:

Industrial_dust_exposure_list

non-smokers : are they at risk ?

Occupational risk is one of the primary factor linked to the onset of COPD in non-smokers. Coal workers , miners are some of the people that get this disease. Long term welding work is also related to the disease . Long term pollution exposure and genetic link might be other causes

COPD symptoms give you an idea if you have COPD already or not