I'm so sorry to hear about your recent diagnosis with COPD, but congratulate you on your attempt to quit smoking! Quitting smoking is the best thing that you can do for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease , whether it is cigarettes, pipes, etc.
E-cigarettes are supposedly safer than real tobacco cigarettes, yet they haven't been around long enough for researchers and doctors to know of the real effects that they will have on one's health. Norman Edelman, MD, chief medical officer, American Lung Association states in this E-Cigarette article , "They are nicotine delivery devices intended to be used like a cigarette. What happens to someone who stops inhaling the tars of cigarettes and inhales only nicotine? We don't know. There is at least the potential for harm."
With treating COPD , it is very important to avoid air pollution and smoke to slow the disease, therefore, you would think breathing in anything unnatural would be a hazard? I'm not a medical professional, but think that you should definitely read the hyperlinks above and speak more with your doctor on his/her thoughts towards e-cigs and your health. Take care of yourself and please keep us posted.
"Eight people have died in the ongoing outbreak of listeria food poisoning from Colorado cantaloupes. There have been four deaths in New Mexico, two in Colorado, one in Maryland, and one in Oklahoma. The CDC now has 55 reported illnesses from 14 states..."
It sounds like the lovely fall allergies have got you, along with many other people. Check out this Fall Allergies Guide and speak with your doctor about finding the relief that you deserve. He/she may find that it is something else causing these symptoms, so please do not hesitate to contact your health professional.
I found Sonya's advice very helpful and also wanted to share this WebMD 3 Questions About Pollen article with you. It states that, "It's not the type of pollen per se -- trees, grass, and weeds can all cause a pollen allergy. Rather, it depends in part on where someone lives and how long the growing season is there."
Personally, I think that I would have to speak with the landlord over this issue. Not only does secondhand smoke trigger allergies, but it also increases the risk of cancer for all adults and children living in this building. This WebMD article shows the negative effects that studies have shown to children living in apartments that expose them to smoke.
I'm sure that people will be more understanding than you think. Be honest with everyone and you will be a much happier and healthier person as well as co-worker. Here are two great articles to give you pointers: