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Two lung diseases killed 3.6 million in 2015: study

PARIS: The two most common chronic lung diseases claimed 3.6 million lives worldwide in 2015, according to a tally published Thursday in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine. About 3.2 million people succumbed that year to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), caused mainly by smoking and pollution, while 400,000 people died from asthma. COPD is a group of lung conditions -- including emphysema and bronchitis -- that make it difficult to breathe. Asthma is twice as prevalent, but COPD is eight times more deadly,…