Megan M. Dulohery Scrodin, MD
There is a strong correlation between the state-level incidences of COPD in both nonsmoking and currently smoking populations, indicating that in certain U.S. regions, nonsmoking adults are more likely to be exposed to secondhand smoke, according to a study published in MMWR.
“Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of COPD in the United States,” the researchers wrote. “However, an estimated one-fourth of adults with COPD have never smoked. CDC analyzed state-specific Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data from 2017, which indicated that, overall among U.S. adults, 6.2% (age-adjusted) reported having been told by a health care professional that they had COPD.”
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