King Edward VII of England, who became king at 59 after the death of Queen Victoria in 1901, was a lifelong smoker. He was said to have smoked 12 cigars and 20 cigarettes a day. History books show he suffered from severe chronic bronchitis, one of the two forms of COPD patients may have. No doubt his chronic bronchitis contributed to his death 10 years after he ascended the throne. Today, many COPD patients in the United Kingdom are treated at the hospital that bears his name, King Edward VII Hospital in Windsor, England.