Controlling and preventing lung disease needs everyone’s attention. Learn to recognize the symptoms of lung disease, such as those described here. If you have any of these symptoms, see a doctor as soon as possible.

You, your family members and friends need to protect your lungs.

Here’s how:

Don’t smoke. Quitting smoking is the best protection you can give your lungs and reduces your risk of lung disease. Your local American Lung Association can help.

Be honest. Understand that chronic cough, shortness of breath and other lung symptoms are not normal.

Take action. Bring any lung disease symptom to a doctor’s attention early. Then follow the doctor’s advice.

Avoid lung hazards. Secondhand cigarette smoke, air pollution, and lung hazards at work can cause lung disease.

Think about prevention. Lung disease like influenza and pneumococcal pneumonia can be prevented with vaccination. Get immunized if you are in a high-risk group, which includes people 50 and over or anyone with a chronic health problem such as lung disease, heart disease, and diabetes.

Remember, early detection of lung disease is the key to prompt and successful treatment.