Since 2016, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been the third-leading cause of death worldwide, with an estimated 3 million deaths (5.3% of all deaths), but with large regional variations [1]. Observed data from high-income countries (HICs) [2–5] and modelled data in two global studies [6, 7] have reported declines in COPD mortality rates since the 1990s. Globally, since 2006, modelled COPD mortality rates decreased by 21% [8]. Yet, little is known about observed trends in COPD mortality in Latin America, and more recently in Oceania and Europe.

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Lortet-Tieulent, J. (Joannie), Soerjomataram, I, López-Campos, J.L. (José Luis), Ancochea, J. (Julio), Coebergh, J.W.W, & Soriano, J.B. (2019). International trends in COPD mortality, 1995-2017. The European Respiratory Journal, 54(6). doi:10.1183/13993003.01791-2019