COPD, also known as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, is more than twice as common in rural areas. Air pollution from occupational exposures to dust, fumes, smoke, or chemicals from jobs like farming, mining, or manufacturing and higher rates of smoking in rural communities can increase the risk of developing COPD. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the following states have the highest rates of COPD: West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri.
Join Learn More Breathe Better® in bringing greater attention to COPD by sharing these videos, fact sheets, articles, infographics, social media resources, and more.
For People at Risk, Patients, and Caregivers
If you or someone you care for has COPD, these materials can help you learn more about the disease and how to manage it.
For Health and Community Professionals
Order or download these materials as you work with patients and caregivers to understand risk factors, symptoms, and management.
COPD National Action Plan
The COPD National Action Plan is the blueprint for a unified fight against COPD. Document your work using the Community Action Tool below.
Drop-in Articles and Media Resources
Copy and paste these prewritten articles into your newsletters, bulletins, blogs, or website. Or send to your local media and ask them to do a story for COPD Awareness Month.