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When a loved one has COPD or another chronic lung disease, knowing how to balance taking care of them and yourself can be difficult. This page provides helpful resources for caregivers including guides on helping your loved one quit smoking and how to take time out of your day for yourself.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), you may have a lot of questions. This page is a great resource for learning about all aspects of the disease including talking to your doctor, flare-up signs and symptoms, and disease management.

If you have a chronic lung disease, you know that staying healthy plays an important part in managing your symptoms and overall well-being. The right exercise methods, diet, and other techniques can help you stay healthy with chronic lung disease and get you back to doing the things you love.

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What Actually Happens When You Smoke: Why You Should Quit

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Thu, Oct 6, 2016

If you have COPD, you know that smoking is bad for your health. You’ve probably been told by loved ones that smoking will only cause your breathing to worsen, and your medical professionals have told you that quitting is one way to help ease your breathing. However, why exactly do you need to quit? What happens when you smoke that causes all of these problems? Here, we will explain everything that happens to your body when you smoke and the physiological reasons why your breathing will improve if you quit.

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Topics: quit smoking

Put World Tobacco Free Day On Your Calendar

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Thu, Sep 22, 2016

Every year on May 31 we celebrate World No Tobacco Day, which is meant to encourage all people from around the world to abstain from using tobacco products all day. The day was approved in 1988, and since then has grown with campaigns and themes. For instance, the 2014 campaign called for taxes to be raised on tobacco products. The 2016 campaign called for plain packaging for tobacco products so that they would look less attractive and eye-catching. Another staple of World No Tobacco Day is the placing of fresh flowers in ash trays so that those who typically use them remember that not only they should abstain from tobacco smoking, but also that there is life instead of ashes in the tray.

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Topics: tobacco addiction, quit smoking

COPD App Spotlight: The Best Apps for Quitting Smoking

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Tue, Aug 9, 2016

Quitting smoking can seem difficult. However, apps for your phone and tablet make it easier than ever to break the habit. We’ve compiled a list of four of our favorite apps that help you quit smoking.

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Topics: quit smoking, app spotlight

Emphysema: What Are Your Risk Factors?

Posted by Do More With Oxygen on Thu, Jan 2, 2014

According to the Mayo Clinic emphysema is a lung disease that makes you progressively more short of breath as your lung's air sacs become gradually more damaged. As the disease progresses, spherical air sacs, which are normally clustered together like bunches of grapes, turn into lopsided pockets with wide holes. This reduces the amount of oxygen that reaches your bloodstream.

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Topics: quit smoking, lung disease, emphysema risk factors, indoor air pollution

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