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Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Estimated COPD deaths each year where occupational exposures contributed

COPD is a serious long-term lung disease which is common in later life and mainly caused by smoking. However, past occupational exposures to various dusts, fumes and vapours have also contributed to causing a substantial proportion of current cases.

Annual new cases of COPD among former coal miners assessed for Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB) in Great Britain, 2000-2016

Graph showing a levelling off in recent years in annual new cases of COPD among former coal miners.

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Updated 2017-10-25