46 years, 2400 Aussies: Landmark study sheds light on COPD development

It's not just a smokers' disease

A landmark Australian study shows three out of four cases of COPD stem from poor childhood lung function, underlining the importance of factors other than smoking in the development of the disease.

The study, the first to track lung function trajectories from childhood to the sixth decade of life, shows childhood asthma, allergic disease and infections increase the risk of later COPD when aggravated by adult factors such as smoking.

The research demonstrates the importance of early life intervention to prevent lung disease, including good asthma control