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COPD in 2001*: A Major Challenge for Medicine, the Pharmaceutical Industry, and Society

Stephen I. Rennard, MD, FCCP; Stephen G. Farmer, PhD
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*From the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Dr. Rennard), Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE; and Biosciences (Dr. Farmer), Respiratory & Inflammation Discovery, AstraZeneca R&D Lund, Lund, Sweden.

Correspondence to: Stephen I. Rennard, MD, FCCP, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Nebraska Medical Center, 985125 Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE 68198-5125;



Chest. 2002;121(5_suppl):113S-115S. doi:10.1378/chest.121.5_suppl.113S
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COPD is currently the sixth leading cause of death and the 12th leading cause of morbidity worldwide.1 Among the leading causes of death and disability, COPD is the one that is rising the most rapidly. By the year 2020, COPD is expected to be the third leading cause of death and the fifth leading cause of disability.2 Cigarette smoking is the most important cause of COPD, and the current epidemic is in large part due to smoking behavior over the last several decades.

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