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Although smokers are more likely to develop COPD, remember that only 30% of us will suffer from it. Smoking is not the only cause of COPD but it is the major cause of COPD. Also at risk of developing COPD are first responders, construction workers and office workers. Also at risk are those that were born a preemie, live in an industrial city or have been exposed to second hand smoke. If you are in or approaching your 40’s and you start to feel shortness of breath upon exertion or have a productive cough have a frank talk with your doctor. The sooner the better. There is an easy, non invasive test for COPD. Talk to your doctor and get checked out. You have nothing to loose and everything to gain.