Actress Loni Anderson is another celebrity spokesperson for COPD patients. Her dad had emphysema, and both her parents had chronic bronchitis and cancer related to their smoking. When the National Lung Health Education Program wanted a celebrity to raise awareness about COPD, Anderson was eager to sign up. She told Ability magazine how important it was for her to be involved in an awareness campaign. Both Anderson and her sister have been diagnosed with secondhand smoke syndrome. Exposure to secondhand smoke is a risk factor for COPD, says pulmonologist Fernando Martinez, MD, a professor in the department of internal medicine and director of pulmonary diagnostic services at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.