Protect your lungs this winter

The lungs are different from most of the other organs in your body because their delicate tissues are directly connected to the outside environment. Anything you breathe in can affect your lungs.

A cold or other respiratory infection can sometimes become very serious. There are several things you can do to protect yourself from respiratory infection this winter.

  • Keep it clean. Wash your hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based cleaners are a good substitute if you cannot wash.
  • No smoking section. Over time, cigarette smoke destroys lung tissue. And it may trigger changes that grow into cancer. Avoid smoking and breathing cigarette smoke from others.
  • Now seeking introverts. Avoid crowds during the cold and flu season.
  • The tooth hurts. The germs in your mouth can lead to infections. Good oral hygiene can protect you. Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and see your dentist at least every six months.
  • Just a shot away. Get vaccinated every year against influenza. Talk to your healthcare provider to find out if the pneumonia vaccine is right for you.

Source: American Lung Association

Interested in getting healthier lungs? For more information on lung health and quitting smoking, visit smokefree.gov.

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