What causes respiratory conditions?

Lung or respiratory conditions can be caused by:

  • Infections.
  • Acute or long term breathing in of toxic agents (for example, cigarette smoke or chemical fumes).
  • Genetic causes (for example, cystic fibrosis).
  • Another disease, such as a muscular disorder, that impairs the function of the lungs.
  • Sometimes lung disease can be caused by unknown reasons.

While many parts of this education program will be helpful to people with a wide range of lung conditions, the primary focus will be on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, commonly known as COPD.