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The American Lung Association says air pollution, secondhand smoke and chemicals used at home or at work can cause or worsen lung disease.
The American Lung Association offers tips for protecting you and your family when you’re outside:
Wildfire RiskIt’s also vital to protect your lungs from wildfire smoke. Wildfire smoke is a mix of gases and fine bits from burning trees and plants, buildings, and other materials. These gases and particles can travel many miles away from the fire.
Wildfire smoke can make anyone sick. But some people are at higher risk, including those with asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) or heart disease. Children and pregnant women also have higher risk.
If you live in an area at risk for wildfire, learn the steps you can take to protect your health and safety before, during and after wildfires.
There are many causes of indoor air pollution:
Learn the signs of indoor air hazards:
Take an interactive tour from the Environmental Protection Agency to learn more about specific indoor risks and how to protect yourself from them.
Staying in good overall health also helps protect your lungs. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute says these steps can help protect your lungs:
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