First and foremost,
don’t smoke or stop smoking. Cigarette
smoking is the most important risk factor for lung disease. If you want to keep your lungs at their
healthiest, do not smoke. In addition, avoid second hand smoke. Breathing the
smoke from cigarettes, pipes, and vape pens enhances your risk for the same
diseases that affect people who smoke. Don't allow smoking in your home, car,
Exercise to work those lungs. Do something physically active for 30 minutes
each day to increase the efficiency of your lungs.
Walk around your neighborhood, take a bike ride, or even run in place for a
Prevent infections. To help stop the spread of germs, cover your
mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Stay away from crowds
during peak cold and flu season, get plenty of rest, eat well, and keep your
stress levels under control. Make sure to get your flu shot during flu
season. This is especially important if
you have lung disease, though healthy people also benefit from getting
vaccinated. If you have significant lung disease or are over 65, a pneumonia
shot also is recommended.
Avoid exposure to pollutants. Wood burning heaters, mold, pet dander, and construction materials all
pose a potential problem. Turn on the exhaust fan when you cook and avoid using
aerosol products like hair spray. Change your furnace air filter seasonally.
People with lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) need to pay particular
attention to the levels of air pollution called particulates — tiny solid or
liquid particles — in the environment and limit their outdoor exposure when
levels are high.
To see what our community is doing about this health priority and the progress that has been made, view our Community Health Improvement Plans through the links on the right.