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September 25 is World Lung Day

(September 25, 2017)

Organizations around the country are taking a breather to celebrate September 25 as World Lung Day. Initiated by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS), the goal of World Lung Day is to unite for lung health. With more than 32 million people in the U.S. suffering from chronic lung disease, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and four in 10 Americans that live with unhealthy air, World Lung Day is an important reminder that each breath is precious.

So many factors affect lung health, but one that is often overlooked is indoor air quality. Healthy indoor air is critical to improving lung health and preventing lung disease. We spend most of our time indoors, so breathing healthy air where we live, work and play is crucial. The Lung Association offers a number of resources to help people learn if the air in their home is unhealthy and tips to keep pollution at bay. The Lung Association also works to help residents and property managers of multi-unit housing create smokefree policies. Air quality is equally important at work and at school where we also spend a fair share of our lives. This Corporate Wellness guide can assist in promoting clean air in the workplace while these healthy air tools for schools and districts can help create clean air for students and personnel.

Healthy outdoor air is equally important to lung health. Air pollution can trigger asthma episodes and shape how kids' lungs develop. Here are some tips to minimize your family's exposure to dangerous air pollutants. We also invite you to join our fight for healthy air for all by sharing how important healthy outdoor air is to the community. More than half of Americans still live where pollution levels are dangerous, and climate change threatens to make the situation worse. Everyone has a reason for fighting for healthy air, whether it's to protect a loved one with asthma or to be safe spending time outdoors. You can share your story, send a message to your members of Congress and tell your friends the importance of clean outdoor air.

Lastly, smokefree environments are a great benefit to lung health. People in 22 states remain unprotected from secondhand smoke in all public places, including workplaces. The American Lung Association will continue to fight to pass smokefree laws because no one should have to be exposed to secondhand smoke. Additionally, we provide a number of resources to help people quit smoking and stay quit. The Freedom From Smoking program is designed to help people learn how to overcome a tobacco addiction. The program is available online through Freedom From Smoking Plus and through group clinics. This September 25 is the first-ever commemoration of World Lung Day. We hope that you will participate by pausing, taking a deep breath, and joining the world in raising awareness of the importance of lung health.

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