Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a lung disease that makes it hard to breathe. COPD is caused by damage to the lungs from years of smoking. Symptoms include coughing and wheezing. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing you can do to treat COPD. For financial assistance with managing your condition, see our page on Free & Discounted Services.

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)

Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) can be a confusing experience for newly diagnosed patients and their caregivers. To learn about the specific kinds of providers that might make up your health care team, as well as the services, programs, support groups, and organizations that can help you manage, visit the Managing Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) page.

Support Groups & Forums

These sites allow patients to discuss their experiences with illnesses, treatments, and other health matters. Any information or opinions posted are those of the forum users themselves and are not a substitute for professional medical advice.

Mobile Apps & Tools

Mobile apps and tools can provide you with easy-to-use information and resources that can serve as one part of your overall strategy to become and stay healthy.

EPA AIRNow shows air quality information for your location, updated in real time. Free. iOS.

The QuitGuide and QuitSTART apps support smokers working to become smokefree. Users can track cravings, set goals and reminders, and stay motivated with inspirational messages. Free. iOS, Android.


Resources selected by Megan Fratta, Health Sciences Library, UNC-Chapel Hill,
Last reviewed October 22, 2020

Last updated April 12, 2021 at 12:55 pm