The Risk of COPD is Increased for Workers in Certain Industries and Occupations and with Certain Occupational Exposures

  November is National COPD Prevention Month.  COPD – chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – is characterized by airflow obstruction and breathing-related problems. The term COPD includes the conditions of emphysema and chronic bronchitis.  COPD is a major cause of illness in the United States.  It affects at least 15 million US adult men and women and is the 4th leading cause of death.[1] There is no cure for COPD, and patients get worse over time.  Prevention is essential to control this disease.  Prevention efforts have emphasized limiting exposure to cigarette smoke, which is the leading preventable cause of COPD. However,