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Older people are at higher risk of bronchitis. Acute bronchitis is often caused by the same viruses that cause colds and usually gets better over time. Smoking is the most common cause of chronic bronchitis, a type of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It can be treated but not cured. Women are more than twice as likely to get chronic bronchitis as men.

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Content last updated: August 12, 2010.

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