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Health & Disease Prevention, National Health Observances

5 Steps to Reduce Your Risk for COPD

November 7, 2021

If you are concerned about getting COPD, there are steps you can take to protect yourself. 

  1. If you are a smoker, STOP SMOKING. Quitting smoking is the single most important thing a smoker can do to live a longer and healthier life. The American Lung Association has many programs to help you quit for good. 

  2. If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking causes COPD, lung cancer, heart disease and other cancers. 

  3. Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Make your home smoke free. You’ll not only protect yourself, but your family too. Learn about your rights to a smokefree environment at work and in public places. 

  4. Be aware of other dangers. Take care to protect yourself against chemicals, dust and fumes in your home and at work. 

  1. Help fight for clean air. Work with others in your community to help clean up the air you and your family breathe.