What is COPD?
COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and it’s the name used to describe a number of lifelong lung conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main cause of COPD is smoking, and people who have it often have difficulty breathing in and out.
Shockingly, it’s the UK's fifth biggest killer - killing more people every year than breast, bowel or prostate cancer. And it’s estimated that in the South West region alone, there are nearly 90,000 registered sufferers – with a further estimated 55,000 undiagnosed cases. Many smokers don’t even know they have it.