Good lung health matters! You might be thinking — well, obviously, people need to breathe in order to live, right? Well, with all the things people do that affect their lungs, it seems like not a lot of people are keeping their lungs in mind.

There’s a lot of things that are bad for your lungs, but the most obvious would have to be smoking. Tobacco use, whether it’s cigarettes, cigars, or hookah, damages your lungs and increases the chance of lung cancer. In fact, 85% of patients with lung cancer are due to long-term smoking. While lung cancer is treatable, it’s a brutal treatment and after treatment, people will be affected by it for the rest of their lives.

How do you prevent this, then? To keep both your lungs in healthy, working order — the first thing to do is quit smoking (if you are) and do it right away. Not only is it terrible for you, it can also be damaging to your loved ones. Secondly, take your health seriously. If you have asthma or other respiratory illnesses, make an appointment with your doctor and talk about your concerns. If you’re in relatively good health, and you want to stay that way, one of the easiest things to do is keep washing your hands. It might sound silly, but it’s one of the best ways to prevent the common cold (and the things it can turn into, like bronchitis or pneumonia, both of which will have a major effect on your lungs.)

Be smart, take care of yourself.