Airway obstruction in never smokers: results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

@article{Celli2005AirwayOI,
  title={Airway obstruction in never smokers: results from the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.},
  author={Bartolome R Celli and Ronald J Halbert and Robert J. Nordyke and Brigitte Schau},
  journal={The American journal of medicine},
  year={2005},
  volume={118 12},
  pages={1364-72}
}
PURPOSE Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is usually described as a disease of cigarette smoking. COPD is rarely considered in persons with no smoking history except in the context of another exposure. Accordingly, the disease has not been well characterized in these "never smokers." METHODS We evaluated airway obstruction (defined as forced expiratory volume in 1 second/forced vital capacity <0.70) in US adults aged 30 to 80 years interviewed in the Third National Health and… CONTINUE READING