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Emphysema and COPD statistics

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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.

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Last reviewed: December 2018


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