A recent Centers for Disease Control (CDC) study found that during 2013-2017, an estimated 2.4 million U.S. working adults 18 and older who never smoked had COPD. Research suggests that workplace exposures likely contribute to much of their disease.
According to the CDC report, among workers who never smoked, some of the highest COPD prevalences were in the information industry and administrative support occupations. The study also found that within the group of workers who never smoked, women had higher COPD prevalences than men.
See other statistics reported in the study, including COPD prevalences by sex, race and ethnicity, as well as public health implications, here.