NO SMOKING: Wednesday next week is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Day, a disorder that killed 3 million people last year across the globe
Date: Nov 11, 2019
By: Lee I-chia / Staff reporter
The Health Promotion Administration (HPA) urged people not to neglect symptoms of long-termcoughing, wheezing and excess mucus, as a WHO report shows that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) was the third-most common cause of death last year.
According to the report, COPD claims more than 3 million lives around the world each year.
The HPA added that chronic lower respiratory disease is the seventh-most common cause of death in Taiwan, claiming more than 6,000 lives each year, among which more than 5,000 were from COPD.
Smoking is a major risk factor for COPD, and a study suggests that the risk of COPD in smokers increases six-fold when compared with non-smokers. The risk increases with prolonged smoking durations, it said. [FULL STORY]