National Data
• Estimated 24 million Americans have COPD
• 12 million of the 24 have been diagnosed
• Third leading cause of death
• Smoking rates have decreased, but still significant
• Diagnosis of COPD is expected to increase due to aging of population.

• 17.9% of Colorado residents smoke (U.S. = 19.8%)
• Third leading cause of death
• Epidemiology suggests that 450,000 Colorado residents have COPD, with only 200,000 being diagnosed
• Colorado has the 7th highest COPD mortality rate in the U.S.
• Higher in frontier counties
• Intermediate in rural counties, lowest in urban
• Higher in men versus women