About COPD

COPD (short for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) is a lung disease caused by one or more health problems and includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  Over time, this disease makes it hard to breathe. It is a very serious disease and right now the third leading cause of death in the United States. The good news is that COPD is often preventable and treatable.

The more you can learn about COPD, the better you and your loved ones can manage living with this disease, making the most of every day, and maintaining the quality of life that is important to you.

There are many resources available to people living with COPD and their loved ones.  We have information and tools created by the American Lung Association for your use.  And there are resources provided by partners of the Lung Association.  Be sure to check out the other areas of our COPD section.


Connect with Others

For people who live with COPD each day and their loved ones, a place to share with and learn from others. » Better Breathers Clubs

COPD Advocacy

The American Lung Association advocates on behalf of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) at the federal, state, and local levels. Learn how you can advocate for policies that keep our communities healthy and safe. » More

In-Depth Resources

For health professionals and others looking for more detail about the science of COPD, clinical trials and our resources. » More