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About ECC

The European COPD Coalition is a not-for-profit association

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Our activities

Our work to raise awareness about COPD and advocate for further EU political actions to address COPD

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Information about actions on COPD, chronic diseases, ECC work, and general EU health issues

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What is COPD

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. COPD is a long-term lung and airways disease that is not curable. It is recommended to consult a healthcare professional if you suspect you may suffer from COPD.

COPD is a chronic disease as it is characterised by:

  • complex causality
  • multiple risk factors
  • long latency periods
  • a prolonged course of illness
  • functional impairment or disability.

COPD includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Many people with COPD have both bronchitis and emphysema.