Home > Medical > COPD > FAQs Updated 17 September 2014 How many smokers develop COPD? About 15% of smokers go on to develop COPD. 0 Subscribe to the Newsletter » Join us on Facebook » Ask Stop Smoking Expert » Ask CyberDoc » Anti-Tobacco Art About 15% of smokers go on to develop COPD.- (Health24.com) More in Medical Is COPD irreversible? More: COPDFAQs advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... Other news Partner Content The lighter side of dinner Medical Adult-onset asthma linked to heart and stroke risk Medical Zika may persist for months in newborns Medical Stress may have greater effect on younger women's hearts Parenting Is mental illness linked to childhood head injuries? Parenting What is causing my baby's colic and what can I do? From our sponsors Otrivin Menthol relieves sinus congestion Innovative hearing aids can now interact online Second Healthcare Innovation Summit set for Johannesburg Salomon introduces Speedcross 4 Live healthier Nutrition crisis! » Good nutrition on the job will give you the edge Nutrition labels on food encourage healthy choices Nutrition may be as big a challenge today as HIV/Aids was 15 years ago Many people in a large number of low and middle income countries now experience a 'double burden' of malnutrition. E-cigarettes less risky? » E-cigarettes not an acceptable alternative to most smokers UK health officials endorse e-cigarettes E-cigarettes less of a cancer risk than regular smokes A study indicates that smokers who switch to e-cigarettes reduce their exposure to cancer-causing chemicals.