The Hawaii COPD Coalition is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy, education, support, and resources for both those at risk for or suffering from COPD as well as practical training and resources for health care providers.
What is COPD?
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, “COPD,” is a serious lung disease that makes breathing difficult. It is most often characterized by shortness of breath and a persistent cough. It includes both emphysema and chronic bronchitis. COPD has risen to the third leading cause of death and second leading cause of disability with an estimated 24 million people living with COPD in the United States. Over 46,015 (4.4%) adults have already been diagnosed with COPD. Those over the age of 40 with a history of smoking are particularly at risk, however 1 in 6 people with COPD have never smoked. The best treatment for COPD is to stop smoking and avoid exposure to all lung irritants, including any form of smoke. See the “ Burden of COPD in Hawaii 2010 Report,” for more information.
What Can You Do On Our Website?
Here on our site you can browse our RESOURCES, find out more about our annual EVENTS & COPD EDUCATION DAY, take THE SCREENER to see if you my have COPD, find out how to DONATE to our cause, and more! Please take the time to browse around our site and check back regularly to see updated ARTICLES. You may also read more ABOUT our organization or CONTACT us. Your thoughts and comments are welcome! *SEE CALENDAR FOR UPDATED SUPPORT GROUP MEETING INFO.