November is National COPD Awareness Month
Sponsored by the US COPD Coalition, National COPD Awareness Month is a time for organizations and communities across the country to increase the overall awareness of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. COPD Learn More Breathe Better®, the title of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s national awareness and education campaign, has again been adopted as the theme for this year’s National COPD Awareness Month.
CDC TIPS Campaign Addresses COPD
“I was suffocating to death!” That’s how Michael-a veteran, an Alaska Native, and member of the Tlingit tribe-thinks back to why he quit smoking. A smoker since he was 9, Michael was addicted to cigarettes for most of his adult life, including the 2 years he served in the U.S. Army. At 44, he was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD-a condition also referred to as chronic bronchitis or emphysema-that makes it harder and harder to breathe. He ignored the symptoms until age 52, when he awoke gasping for air. He quit smoking that day.