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October is Healthy Lung Month. By Our Student Pharmacist, Fatima Shah.


Every October is Healthy Lung Month where healthcare organizations and communities strive together to increase awareness and education on lung health.

Our lungs play a huge role in regulating our body. They provide our body with oxygen which in turn sustains us for our daily needs and activities. Our body has a natural defense system which protects the lungs from germs, allergens, and pollutants. However, there are some ways to reduce the risk of lung complications or diseases in the future.

  1. Stop Smoking:

Cigarette smoking is a major cause of lung cancer and respiratory diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Smoking can limit daily activity and cause difficulty breathing. Smoking cigarettes can narrow the lung’s airway passages due to inflammation of the lungs. Cigarettes also contain carcinogens that can further lead to lung cancer.

There are a variety of smoking cessation products available that can help individuals quit smoking. Your doctor or pharmacist can guide you with appropriate prescription medications or over-the-counter products for smoking cessation.

  1. Avoid exposure to indoor and outdoor pollutants:

Minimizing exposure to secondhand smoke, chemicals, and allergens can help prevent lung diseases and stop the worsening of some lung conditions.

  1. Prevent Infections:

It is important to prevent respiratory illnesses and infections especially during the pandemic since this puts a strain on the lungs.

There are several things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Wash hands regularly with soap and water.
  • Avoid crowded areas especially during the flu season.
  • Get vaccinated every year against the flu. Talk to your healthcare provider if you need a pneumonia vaccine. Also, the covid-19 vaccine is an option to protect yourself from covid-19.
  1. Exercise:

Being physically active can help strengthen your lungs and keep them healthy. It is recommended to exercise at least 30 minutes a day for 5 days per week.

  1. Get Regular Health Screenings:

Regular check ups with your doctor can help prevent diseases. Getting your lungs and breathing checked with your healthcare provider is important even if you are feeling well.


Tips to keep your lungs healthy. Tips to Keep Your Lungs Healthy | American Lung Association. https://www.lung.org/lung-health-diseases/wellness/protecting-your-lungs. Accessed October 25, 2021.