With today being National No Smoking Day, it’s important to discuss lung health. Lung diseases have been around for decades and can have an enormous impact on your overall health. Tuberculosis, the flu, pneumonia, and now coronavirus are the primary lung diseases most people worry about. Tuberculosis was the pioneer of lung diseases that lead to the existence of the American Lung Association back in 1904. Tuberculosis, also known as TB, has even had traces found in Egyptian mummies.
With an increase in nicotine consumption over the years, due to vaporizers and access to younger generations, lung disease has grown to be a major concern throughout the United States. Anti-smoking campaigns have changed the way most Americans use cigarettes but have now converted over to vaporizers.
This creates even more concern with lung diseases such as bronchiolitis obliterans. Bronchiolitis obliterans, nicknamed popcorn lung is rare and life-threatening. Popcorn lung is irreversible, making your airways inflamed and narrowed.
The Facts on Lung Health
- Nearly 10 million people (about half the population of New York) are diagnosed with bronchitis each year.
- It is believed that 25 million people (about the population of Texas) have asthma.
- Over 150,000 people die from lung cancer each year.
- We take upwards of 25,000 breaths a day.
- You can still live a reasonably normal life with only one lung.
- Your right lung is larger than your left lung to make room for your heart.
- Your lungs are the only organs in your body that can float on top of water.
How do I keep my lungs healthy?
National No Smoking Day is a wonderful time to take steps towards increasing your lung health. The first and the best thing you can do for your lungs is to get a routine check-up. While check-ups are important, so is being honest about any symptoms. If you are a smoker, try to quit. Although smoke damage is not entirely irreversible, quitting smoking can improve your lung health. Your lungs will be able to breathe deeper and longer, helping your body function better. Another significant step in improving your lung health is to keep your home clean. This may sound crazy, but your house can hold a lot of dust and other debris. Dust in the air, on your furniture, and even on your blanket and sheets can make it more difficult to breathe. Having non-toxic cleaners will also improve your lung health and the environment.
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