What can you do about Lung Disease?

What can you do? 

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 secondhand 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, or work.

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 bit.

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 Plan through the links on the right.

Free Smoking Cessation Resources

Air Quality Improvement Resources 

Community Health Improvement Plans