Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

November is National COPD Month. COPD (or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) is a long-term respiratory disease related to emphysema and bronchitis.  Symptoms include persistent coughing, mucus, tightness of the chest, and shortness of breath.  It is frequently caused by smoking, air pollution, and other external sources.  You can find out what Colorado state agencies are doing to address COPD in the following publications, available from our library: