Key points

  • Four respiratory disease categories appear in the global top 10 causes of mortality, together accounting for one in six deaths as well as one in 10 disability-adjusted life-years lost.
  • In the 28 countries of the European Union, these diseases account for one in eight deaths.
  • In European countries where detailed data are available, 7% of hospital admissions result from respiratory causes.
  • Smoking and respiratory infections are major causes of the burden of lung disease in Europe, and are potentially preventable.
  • In the next two decades, the proportion of deaths caused by respiratory disease in Europe is likely to remain stable, with a decrease in deaths from lung infections balanced by a rise in lung cancer and COPD mortality.

See the entire Burden of Lung Disease Chapter