Emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have a significant impact on Australians:
- COPD affects 1 in 20 Australians over 45 years of age.
- COPD is the fifth most common cause of death in Australia.
- People who smoke are more than 6 times as likely to have COPD as non-smokers.
- Even people who have given up are 5 times as likely to develop emphysema as people who have never smoked.
Last reviewed: December 2018