WASHINGTON & MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The COPD Foundation (COPDF) today announced that Homestead-Miami Speedway will host its first smoke-free event during the season’s final NASCAR race weekend of the year. The event will raise awareness among fans and drivers about Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) during the popular crowning of champions from the Truck series, Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup series.
“As the culmination of DRIVE4COPD/NASCAR-related activities for this season, this event signifies the beginning of an enormous health benefit for fans at the Homestead-Miami Speedway,” says John W. Walsh, president and co-founder of the COPD Foundation. “The NASCAR community has been remarkably supportive of our efforts to educate more people about COPD as the third deadliest disease in the country, affecting 24 million people, as well as the importance of early diagnosis and treatment.”
Walsh will present a plaque to Matthew Becherer, president of Homestead-Miami Speedway, during pre-race ceremonies on behalf of COPDF and DRIVE4COPD, a multi-year public health initiative to screen the millions of people who may be at risk for COPD. NASCAR, a sport historically known for its ties to the tobacco industry, has made a great effort to promote healthy living by making COPD its official health initiative and partnering with the DRIVE4COPD campaign.
“More than 70 percent of people with COPD are still in the work force, which accounts for $42 billion in lost productivity to employers,” Walsh adds. “This smoke-free weekend exemplifies the kind of bold step companies and organizations can take to raise awareness and save lives. November is COPD Awareness Month, and an excellent time for everyone to take the five-question COPD Risk Screener.”
About the COPD Foundation
The mission of the COPD Foundation (www.COPDFoundation.org) is to develop and support programs, which improve the quality of life through research, education, early diagnosis, and enhanced therapy for persons whose lives are impacted by chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The C.O.P.D. Information Line, 866-316-COPD (2673), is a toll-free number for information and referrals on COPD, offering callers access to peer-to-peer patients and caregiver associates. DRIVE4COPD (www.DRIVE4COPD.org) is a public awareness and education campaign of the COPD Foundation.