National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month

Posted On November 1, 2019
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November is National Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Awareness Month. Sponsored by the US COPD Coalition, this observance is a time for organizations and communities across the country to increase the overall awareness of COPD. World COPD Day is November 19.

More than 24 million Americans and 65 million around the world have COPD. There are 11 million other Americans that suffer, but they don’t know it. COPD is the third leading cause of death by disease in America. Currently there is no cure for COPD, but with early diagnosis and treatment, people with COPD can improve their quality of life and begin to breathe better and live a healthier life.

How to Observe

Orange is the official color of COPD month, so wearing orange can bring awareness to the issue. We all can play a role in helping to educate family, co-workers, and friends about COPD.

Georgia State University Campus Resources

Georgia State is a tobacco free campus. The Office of Employee Development and Wellness Services (EDWS) is a Human Resources unit that supports Georgia State’s tobacco free campus policy.  EDWS provides services at no cost to employees, dependents and retirees who wish to stop smoking. On the first Tuesday of every month, EDWS offers a new “Quit Tobacco Tuesday” tobacco cessation class. If you would like to learn how to quit tobacco and stay quit, reserve your place in a tobacco cessation class. Contact EDWS at 404-413-3342 or email edws@gsu.edu.

Please go to the link below to “Take the Pledge” and support Georgia State’s tobacco free campus policy- https://hr.gsu.edu/service-centers/edws/tobacco-free/

To learn more about COPD, go to the following link – https://www.cdc.gov/features/copd-awareness-month/index.html