Chronic Lower Respiratory Disease Mortality, Non-Hispanic Whites, 2008 – 2014

Data Source: NVSS-M (CDC/NCHS) ; Bridged-Race Population Estimates for Census 2000 and 2010 (CDC, Census, CDC/NCHS and Census, CDC/NCHS)


CLRD comprises three major diseases, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma, that are all characterized by shortness of breath caused by airway obstruction. As with chronic bronchitis, whites (1.8%) were more likely to report an emphysema diagnosis than African-Americans (0.9%), other races (0.6%), or Hispanics (0.6%). Nonwhites and Hispanics are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to develop COPD; in fact, COPD is the only pulmonary illness that affects whites disproportionately compared with other races and ethnicities.