One in four smokers will develop COPD

A study in Thorax has identified that 25 per cent of smokers will develop progressive COPD, a figure which is higher than previously thought.

Smoking and COPD

The researchers followed 8,000 men and women, aged between 30 and 60, as part of the 25-year Copenhagen City Heart Study. A total of 5,000 individuals were smokers and 1,500 were ex-smokers.

The lung function of the study participants was monitored throughout the study.

Lung function remained good in all non-smokers, but this was only true for six out of 10 men and 7 out of 10 women. One in four people developed severe or moderate COPD during the study period. This was highest in individuals who were persistent smokers, and this group were six times more likely to develop COPD than non-smokers. 

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins


Already registered?

Sign in

Just published

GP consultation

GP practices delivering 150,000 extra appointments per day compared with 2019

GP practices in England delivered 150,000 more appointments per working day in the...

Surgeon looking at a monitor in an operating theatre

NICE recommends non-invasive surgical procedure to target obesity

NICE has said that a non-invasive weight loss procedure should be used by the NHS...

GP trainee

Two training posts deliver one full-time GP on average, report warns

Two training posts are needed on average to deliver a single fully-qualified, full-time...

Dr Fiona Day

How to flourish as a GP by learning from the good and the difficult

Leadership and career coach Dr Fiona Day explains how GPs can grow and develop from...

Unhappy older woman sitting at home alone

Low mood – red flag symptoms

Low mood is a common presentation in primary care and can be a sign of a mental health...


PCN to take on GMS practice contract in landmark move for general practice

A GP practice in Hertfordshire could become the first to be run directly by a PCN...