Lung Health Topics
Breathe New Hampshire is your lung health resource for all matters relating to healthy breathing.

We seek to educate the community on lung health issues
and improve the quality of life of those living with lung disease.  
 

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Asthma

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."

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Clean Air

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

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COPD

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.

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E-Cigarettes/Vaping

NH was one of the first states to prohibit the sale of e-cigarettes to minors under 18. Breathe NH and members of its New Hampshire Youth Network helped pass this law in 2010, House Bill 1541.

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Influenza

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 quit.

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Tuberculosis

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