Sept. 25 marks first World Lung Day

25 Sep 2017 by under News

firs logo edited 100x100 Sept. 25 marks first World Lung DayPut simply: What’s in the air we breathe matters. That’s the rallying point for today’s first World Lung Day, coordinated by the Forum of International Respiratory Societies (FIRS). Specifically, the day was orchestrated to assert “the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals will not succeed without more attention to the burden of lung disease,” according to an American Society of Chest Physicians (ASCP) press release.

Unfortunately, our lungs carry a heavy burden when it comes to environmental exposure — often carrying the brunt of the issues it causes. “World Lung Day is a rallying point for advocacy related to respiratory health and air quality,” a FIRS release states. “Lung disease is the only major chronic disease group that does not yet have a World Day. World Days can be important reminders of things we take for granted – we cannot live without breathing, and air quality is critical to our health and well-being.”

In addition to diseases like asthma, tuberculosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia, World Lung Day shines awareness on -related diseases as well. Despite increases in awareness and regulations, occupational lung diseases affect more than 50 million people, according to the ASCP release. exposure can cause asbestosis, a breathing disorder causing reduced flow of oxygen; lung cancers; and , which most often affects the lining of the lungs.

The FIRS has created a Change.org petition called the Charter for Lung Health, which outlines its specific goals and has already received more than 3,000 of its 5,000-signature goal. It reminds us that we all have the right to breathe clear air with healthy lungs.

 

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