Increasing evidence suggests that there is acceleration of normal lung ageing in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with the accumulation of senescent cells in the lung, which release an array of inflammatory proteins, which drive further senescence and disease progression. This suggests that drugs that target cellular senescence (senotherapies) may treat the underlying disease process in COPD and reduce disease progression and mortality. Several existing or future drugs may inhibit the development of cellular senescence, which is driven by chronic oxidative stress (senostatics), whereas other drugs selectively remove senescent cells (senolytics). Clinical studies of senotherapies have commenced in several age-related diseases, and these approaches appear to be safe and feasible, although no clinical studies in COPD patients have yet been reported. Copyright © 2020 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.