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National COPD Awareness Month
November 1 – November 30 CDT
National COPD Awareness Month is observed in November and sponsored by the American Lung Association.
National COPD Awareness Month is a time for organizations and communities across the country to increase the overall awareness of COPD. COPD, or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, is any disorder that persistently obstructs bronchial airflow. COPD is frequently related to cigarette smoking and mainly involves two related diseases, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Both are frequently present and cause chronic obstruction of airflow to the lungs. The obstruction is generally permanent and progresses over time.