9 Tips to Lower Your Risk of Lung Disease

Lung disease is one of the main causes of American deaths, second only to heart disease. While some lung diseases are genetic and unavoidable, following a healthy lifestyle and avoiding lung irritants can help protect you from developing many of them.

We’ve put together a list of tips to help lower your risk of developing a lung disease with help from womenshealth.gov.

Quit smoking
Quitting smoking is the single best thing you can do for your lungs. If you’re a heavy smoker or you’ve been a smoker for a long time, giving it up won’t be easy, but it is possible and your whole body will thank you for it. It isn’t just cigarette smoke that’s harmful either, watch out for marijuana, pipe and cigar smoke, too.

Avoid others who smoke
If you’re not a smoker (or are trying to quit) then avoiding secondhand smoke is also important. Your home and workplace should be smoke-free zones. Most states and countries do not allow smoking in any public buildings, but if you live somewhere where this law isn’t enforced, then avoid places like bars and restaurants which may have smoky atmospheres.

Test your home and workplace for radon
Radon is a radioactive gas that can be found in homes and public buildings, particularly in small areas and in basements. Hardware stores sell radon testing kits that you can use at home. If you find radon, you’ll need to seal any cracks in the building where it could be leeching in and make sure the building is adequately ventilated.

MORE: Five tips to help prevent lung infections.

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