The EPA Recognizes October as Healthy Lung Month

10/19/2017

Each year, nearly 10 million adults are diagnosed with chronic bronchitis, about 4.7 million others have been diagnosed with emphysema and about 25 million people live with asthma. Occupational lung diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma also affect many Americans.

The EPA suggests the following:

Take action to minimize your exposure to indoor air pollutants that can impact your lung health:

  • Make sure to test your home for radon and fix it if levels are elevated. Radon is the second-leading cause of lung cancer in the United States.
  • Prohibit all smoking in your home and car.
  • Increase the amount of outdoor air coming indoors, especially when involved in activities that can generate high levels of pollutants indoors.

Healthy Lung Month is aimed at creating awareness of the importance of protecting the lungs, and the possible ways to prevent lung health issues. It also addresses the many indoor and outdoor air pollutants that can contribute to lung problems, including pollen, mold, chemicals, smoke, asbestos and radon gas. Radon gas - while invisible, odorless and tasteless - remains the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking. Understanding how to minimize exposure to potentially harmful pollutants leads to creating safer homes and workplaces and is a critical part of overall health and wellness.

Governo Law Firm has been counselling clients and contributing to advances in the indoor air quality industry for decades. We have participated in national conferences sponsored by the EPA, ASHRAE, The Harvard School of Public Health, Indoor Air Quality Association and others. We have authored technical papers on mold, lead poisoning, asbestos, vapor intrusion and other topics. We actively serve on technical committees, including ASTM, that set industry standards for potentially harmful materials. Most recently we have been following the regulatory process related to advances in nanotechnology, which parallels other potentially harmful materials, including ultrafine particles.

Representing clients in toxic tort, indoor air quality and environmental claims is one of Governo Law Firm's core practice areas. David Governo currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of Healthy Housing Solutions. If you would like to learn more, please contact Mr. Governo at 617.737.9047 or dgoverno@governo.com.