COPD Week at the ATS

COPD Week at the ATS

Welcome to COPD Week at the ATS!

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is the third leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 120,000 Americans each year.  That's one death every four minutes! More than 12 million people are diagnosed with COPD, and an additional 12 million are likely to have the disease and not even know it.  Besides tobacco smoking, biomass exposure (wood burning stoves), secondhand smoke, air pollution, and work exposures to fumes and dusts can cause COPD in susceptible people. Common symptoms of COPD are shortness of breath while doing physical activities, cough, and sputum production. As the disease progresses it causes serious long-term disability.

COPD is both preventable and treatable.  The American Thoracic Society (ATS) is committed to supporting scientific research to better understand the mechanisms of COPD, to translate this knowledge into more effective treatment strategies for our patients, and to advocate with our partners for comprehensive and integrated care for this common and devastating disease.

The ATS is proud to partner with the COPD Foundation this week to increase awareness of this disease and its management.  We hope that "COPD Week at the ATS" can both inform and give hope to individuals with COPD, their caregivers, healthcare professionals and to the public at large.


Linda Nici, MD
ATS Council of Chapter Representatives
Member, ATS Board of Directors


Bill Clark
Director, Outreach Programs
COPD Foundation
Member, ATS Public Advisory Roundtable



The mission of the COPD Foundation is to develop and support programs which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). The programs developed by the COPD Foundation help to increase awareness about COPD, its management, and resources available to individuals with COPD, caregivers, healthcare professionals, leaders in the COPD community, or the general public. 

Disclaimer: "The ATS Lung Disease Week Web site is designed for educational purposes only. You should not rely on this information as a substitute for personal medical attention, a diagnosis from a physician, or direct medical care.  If you are concerned about your health or that of a family member, please consult your family's healthcare provider immediately. Do not wait for a response from our members, staff or partners."