World COPD Day 17 November 2021

This World COPD day (November), Lung Foundation Australia is encouraging people living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) to reach out and connect with support services and resources that can help you understand your condition and improve your wellbeing.

The 2021 theme for World COPD Day will be “Healthy Lungs – Never More Important” and takes place on November 17th. This year’s aim is to highlight that the burden of COPD remains, in spite of the ongoing global COVID pandemic.  Even in light of COVID,  COPD remains a leading cause of death worldwide – there is never a more important time to focus on lung health! Keeping your lungs healthy can include avoiding cigarettes, air pollution or occupational exposures, as well as staying active either through regular physical activity or pulmonary rehab.  In addition, receiving important vaccines, keeping medical appointments and taking medications correctly can help keep your lungs healthy!

COPD is currently the 3rd leading cause of death globally and is highly prevalent in low resource countries. Exposure to tobacco smoke and other inhaled toxic particles and gases are the main risk factors for COPD, although recent research has identified that suboptimal lung growth before and after birth can also increase the risk of COPD later in life.

World COPD Day has been organized by GOLD in collaboration with the World Health Organization each year in November
since 2002. The goal of World COPD Day is to raise awareness and present new knowledge and novel therapeutic strategies for COPD worldwide. The 20th annual World COPD Day will take place on November 17, 2021. This year’s theme, “Healthy Lungs – Never More important” looks to emphasize that the burden of COPD has not gone away, even during COVID. COPD remains a leading cause of death worldwide. This campaign aims to promote lung health by highlighting the importance of staying active, keeping appointments with providers, reducing exposures, maintaining good nutrition, and taking medications correctly.

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Sources and further information

World COPD Day 2021 – Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease – GOLD (

World COPD Day – Lung Foundation Australia


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