The theme for 2018-19 is “Breathe clean air”, referring to the importance of breathing in good quality air both indoors and outdoors, as well as highlighting the benefits of a smoke-free life.
Stopping smoking is the most important step you can take to improve your lung and overall health, whether you have a lung condition or not. Healthcare professionals should be enthusiastically promoting the benefits of quitting smoking among their patients and providing support to help them do so.
There are steps you can take to protect yourself from short and long term exposure to poor air quality that can improve your quality of life and overall health. Healthcare professionals also have a responsibility to ensure their patients understand the risks associated with poor air quality and air pollution, by educating them on the risk factors associated with lifestyles and environments.