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, COPD is considered the third leading cause of death and the second leading cause of disability in the United States; and

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

WHEREAS, concerted public outreach efforts such as a DRIVE4COPD, the nation’s largest public awareness and screening campaign for COPD, and the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute’s COPD: Learn More Breathe Better Campaign, can dramatically improve public awareness of COPD;  

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 2014 as CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.