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    More than 7,500 people across Forth Valley suffering lung disease

    Written by on July 12, 2019

    There’s been a rise in the number of people suffering from lung disease.

    New figures show more than 7,500 people across the Forth Valley have been diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    That’s an increase of 500 people since 2016/17.

    Smoking, heavy industry and exposure to air pollution are the main causes of the condition.

    Across Scotland, there’s been a 20% increase in the number of people diagnosed with the disease.

    Up to 1 in 4 long-term smokers will develop COPD.