Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Awareness Month


WHEREAS, the health and safety of all Virginians is important to the happiness, prosperity and well-being of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and

WHEREAS, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow obstruction and breathing-related problems, including emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and, in some cases, asthma and severe bronchiectasis; and

WHEREAS, in the United States, tobacco smoke is a key factor in the development and progression of COPD; and

WHEREAS, environmental risk factors, including exposure to air pollution, chemical dust, fumes and secondary tobacco smoke, can also affect the development of COPD; and

WHEREAS, early COPD screening and diagnosis is critical in order for doctors to prescribe appropriate medications to control the disease; and

WHEREAS, concentrated public efforts to improve public awareness of COPD are critical to reducing its prevalence and saving lives; 

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2015 as CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.