Characteristics of COPD in never-smokers and ever-smokers in the general population: Results from the CanCOLD study

W. C. Tan, D. D. Sin, J. Bourbeau, P. Hernandez, K. R. Chapman, R. Cowie, J. M. FitzGerald, D. D. Marciniuk, F. Maltais, A. S. Buist, J. Road, J. C. Hogg, M. Kirby, H. Coxson, C. Hague, J. Leipsic, D. E. O'Donnell, S. D. Aaron, Jonathon Samet, Milo PuhanQutayba Hamid, Jean Bourbeau, Carole Baglole, Carole Jabet, Don Sin, Sheena Tam, Jeremy Road, Joe Comeau, Adrian Png, Harvey Coxson, Miranda Kirby, Jonathon Leipsic, Cameron Hague, Mohsen Sadatsafavi, Teresa To, Andrea Gershon, Pei Zhi Li, Jean Francois Duquette, Yvan Fortier, Andrea Benedetti, Denis Jensen, Christine Lo, Sarah Cheng, Cindy Fung, Nancy Ferguson, Nancy Haynes, Junior Chuang, Licong Li, Selva Bayat, Amanda Wong, Zoe Alavi, Catherine Peng, Bin Zhao, Nathalie Scott-Hsiung, Tasha Nadirshaw, Palmina Mancino, David Latreille, Jacinthe Baril, Laura Labonte, Patricia McClean, Nadeen Audisho, Ann Cowie, Curtis Dumonceaux, Lisette Machado, Kathy Vandemheen, Gay Pratt, Amanda Bergeron, Cynthia Brouillard, Ron Clemens, Janet Baran

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Background There is limited data on the risk factors and phenotypical characteristics associated with spirometrically confirmed COPD in never-smokers in the general population. Aims To compare the characteristics associated with COPD by gender and by severity of airway obstruction in never-smokers and in ever-smokers. Method We analysed the data from 5176 adults aged 40 years and older who participated in the initial crosssectional phase of the population-based, prospective, multisite Canadian Cohort of Obstructive Lung Disease study. Never-smokers were defined as those with a lifetime exposure of 1/FVC 1/FVC

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)822-829
Number of pages8
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Medicine(all)


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