A Message to the COPD Community

Posted on January 25, 2016   |   

You may have seen that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has launched a new advertising campaign featuring people living with the results of their smoking. While we acknowledge that COPD is in many cases a result of smoking, we wish to stress that these ads deal more with the consequences of smoking than they do with COPD. While smoking cessation is the best way to prevent COPD, smoking also results in many medical risks other than COPD. Some of the interviews could be considered somewhat graphic and could be disturbing to some. We encourage our membership to exercise their best judgment as to whether these images and interviews might be too disturbing to view. The COPD Foundation is dedicated to helping people live with COPD and improve their quality of life; we also believe that the concept of “shame and blame” doesn’t have a place with those actively trying to improve their quality of life with COPD. Once again we ask you to use your discretion when deciding to view the content of these ads. Thank you.


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