Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a long-term condition that causes inflammation in the lungs, damaged lung tissue and a narrowing of the airways, making breathing difficult. There are many different types of the condition, although little is known about what causes this variation and the best way to manage the different versions of the disease.
Governments, industry and the general public need to be more aware of the high burden of COPD at the global level
More research is needed on the different variations of COPD and their economic burden on societies
There is a lack of reliable data on the incidence of COPD – member states should improve reporting