Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases is the #5 killer of American men.
85-90% – (American Lung Association) About 85 to 90 percent of all COPD cases are caused by cigarette smoking. When a cigarette burns, it creates more than 7,000 chemicals, many of which are harmful. The toxins in cigarette smoke weaken your lungs’ defense against infections, narrow air passages, cause swelling in air tubes and destroy air sacs—all contributing factors for COPD.
90% – (NYU Langone Health) Smoking is usually the cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Nearly 90 percent of people with the condition currently smoke or did so in the past.
Ways to reduce your Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases risk:
ALA: 5 Steps to Reduce Your Risk for COPD
If you are concerned about getting COPD, there are steps you can take to protect yourself.
- 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.
- If you don’t smoke, don’t start. Smoking causes COPD, lung cancer, heart disease and other cancers.
- Avoid exposure to secondhand smoke. Make your home smokefree. You’ll not only protect yourself, but your family too. Learn about your rights to a smokefree environment at work and in public places.
- Be aware of other dangers. Take care to protect yourself against chemicals, dust and fumes in your home and at work.
- Help fight for clean air. Work with others in your community to help clean up the air you and your family breathe.
Environmental exposure to tobacco smoke, indoor air pollution, and occupational dusts, fumes, and chemicals are important risk factors for COPD. (World Health Organization)
Resources for Chronic Lower Respiratory Diseases help:
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): COPD | https://www.cdc.gov/dotw/copd/index.html
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Basics About COPD | https://www.cdc.gov/copd/basics-about.html
American Lung Association: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) | https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/lung-disease-lookup/copd