Breathing Issues

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Breathe New Hampshire is your lung health resource for all matters relating to asthma, tobacco use prevention, COPD and clean air.  We seek to educate the community on lung health issues and improve the quality of life of those living with lung disease.  


Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your lungs. It causes repeated episodes of wheezing, breathlessness, chest tightness, and nighttime or early morning coughing.  There is no cure for asthma yet, but it can be controlled by taking medicine and avoiding the triggers that can cause an acute episode, sometimes called an "asthma attack."

Breathing 101 

Learn about how breathing works and what organs are used in the breathing process. 

Clean Air 

Learn more about how the quality of our indoor and outdoor air affects how we breathe, move and live. 


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a lung disease in which the lungs are damaged, making it hard to breathe. COPD is an umbrella term for chronic bronchitis and emphysema.  In COPD, the airways—the tubes that carry air in and out of your lungs—are partly blocked, making it difficult to get air in and out.


Influenza, commonly called “the flu”, is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. Learn more about flu prevention and reducing complications in sensitive populations.

Lung Cancer 

Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers in the world. It is responsible for the most cancer deaths in both men and women throughout the world, as well as the United States and New Hampshire.


Mesothelioma is a rare and aggressive cancer where a tumor forms in the lining of an organ, most often the lungs, but it can also occur in the linings of the heart and abdomen. The only known cause of mesothelioma is the inhalation of asbestos fibers and early detection is key to improving the prognosis. More information can be found at

Pulmonary Fibrosis

Pulmonary Fibrosis (PF) is a disease in which tissue deep in your lungs becomes thick and stiff, or scarred, over time. As the lung tissue thickens, your lungs can't properly move oxygen into your bloodstream and organs don't get the oxygen they need.

Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) is high blood pressure in the arteries to your lungs. The blood vessels that carry blood from your heart to your lungs become hard and narrow. Your heart has to work harder to pump the blood through. Over time, your heart weakens and cannot do its job and you can develop heart failure. There is currently no cure for PH. 

Tobacco Issues

Tobacco use continues to be the leading cause of preventable death in the United States and in New Hampshire.   Breathe New Hampshire is committed to preventing youth from using tobacco products, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, and helping those already addicted to the nicotine in tobacco products to quit, and stay quit. 

Quit Smoking or help someone quit 


Tuberculosis (TB) is a disease caused by bacteria called mycobacterium tuberculosis.  Learn more about the current state of TB. 

Lung Health Awareness Team - Be part of a diverse team of individuals and organizations working together to advance the goals and objectives in the NH COPD Plan. The NH COPD Plan is our state’s first “roadmap” for reducing the burden of COPD, currently the third leading cause of death in the US. The Plan reflects the needs and ideas of Granite Staters. Want to help us bring more attention to COPD and move the Plan forward? For more information email 

Research -  Breathe New Hampshire advances its mission of eliminating lung disease through education, advocacy and the funding of medical research through our Mary Fuller Russell Research Fund. 


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