For Patients

Smoking Cessation

Smoking is a leading factor in the development of emphysema and COPD. EFA seeks to educate smokers about the need to quit and the ways in which they can do so.

Emphysema and COPD Awareness 

  • EFA conducts education campaigns to increase awareness about emphysema and COPD, and to encourage those who may have symptoms to get tested.
  • At EFA, we want you to know you are not alone when dealing with Emphysema and COPD. Share your thoughts, have questions answered and help others in the community by visiting our Forum section on the website under the Resources section. Check in and comment on our social media accounts, as well.
  • Interested in helping EFA raise awareness for Emphysema and COPD, visit our Volunteer section and learn more on how you can join in and help!

Reducing Risk

  • In order to reduce your risk from COPD, it is recommended to avoid inhaling tobacco smoke, limit exposure to outdoor air pollution, use air cleaners/purifiers to reduce home and workplace air pollutant, and avoid respiratory infections.
  • Early detection of COPD can change the progress of the disease. If you suffer from difficulty breathing and/or have a persistent cough, you should see a doctor and seek a lung function test.


  • Currently there is no cure for COPD, but there are ways to relieve symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse. Treatments for COPD can reduce the severity of symptoms, decrease the frequency and severity of exacerbations, and increase tolerance to exercise.
  • Medications – Symptoms such as coughing or wheezing can be treated with medication.
  • Pulmonary Rehabilitation – Pulmonary rehabilitation is an individualized treatment program that teaches COPD patients strategies to improve their quality of life. The rehabilitation may include:
    • Exercises to increase lung capacity
    • Nutritional counseling
    • Breathing strategies
    • Energy conserving techniques
    • Education on your lung disease or condition and how to manage it
    • Psychological counseling


For access to more, follow the link here to our Resources page


Thank you for your interest in helping the Emphysema Foundation of America. Please provide us with some information below so that we can contact you later about specific volunteer opportunities.