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'Smoker's disease' can be major epidemic by 2020 

Jump to full article: Manila Bulletin (ph), 2001-10-31


A recent global survey has cited Metro Manila as one of the most polluted cities in the world, as bad as Mexico City, New Delhi, Shanghai, and other polluted cities in Eastern Europe. Add to this the fact that half of the entire Filipino male population are smokers and you get a society that is on the brink of a COPD epidemic.

COPD is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as the "smoker's disease." It is the fourth major cause of death throughout the world. In the Philippines, it is the seventh leading killer, while it is third in the U.S.

Medical researchers are projecting that if the trend continues, COPD will become one of the top diseases causing illness and death in the Philippines by the year 2020. Yet a lot of people know little about this dreaded disease because its recognition as a public health problem has been evolving slowly despite the rising mortality rate.

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