Lung disease, particularly COPD, is the third largest killer among diseases in the United States, and fourth in the world. Nonetheless, the early signs of the diseases are subtle and slow to advance, leading to late diagnosis. Once diagnosed, there is a great reluctance to the lifestyle changes necessary to slow the advancement of the disorder. Smoking addiction, the stigma of smoking history, reluctance to show weakness and to be seen wearing a cannula all contribute to the delay..
Idea No. 141