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Conaway & Sumter Bill to Create COPD Task Force Clears Legislature, Heads to Governor's Desk

(TRENTON) - Legislation Assembly Democrats Herb Conaway Jr., M.D. and Shavonda Sumter sponsored to increase awareness of a life-threatening lung disease that affects millions of Americans was given final legislative approval, 34-0, on Thursday by the Senate.

The bill (A-3248) would establish the Task Force on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), a lung disease typically associated with smoking, in the New Jersey Department of Health. The task force would study the causes of COPD, encourage public awareness of the illness and promote the importance of effective prevention strategies, early diagnosis and disease management.

"The majority of people don't think twice about breathing, but for those with COPD, it can be a daily struggle," said Conaway (D-Burlington). "In addition to helping to educate the general public about the disease and how to prevent it, this bill will help ensure that New Jersey residents living with COPD and their families can better understand how to treat the illness properly. While there is no cure for COPD, smoking cessation, medication and pulmonary rehabilitation can treat this disease when patients are familiar with their options and proactive about wellness."

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