Pulmonary hypertension charity launches blue lips campaign

A campaign urging participants to wear blue lipstick to raise awareness of lung condition pulmonary hypertension (PH) launches with National Kissing Day on Tuesday.

Nikki Davis Jones and Thomas Sutcliffe from the cast of the West End shows Wicked and The Lion King
Nikki Davis Jones and Thomas Sutcliffe from the cast of the West End shows Wicked and The Lion King

Charity Pulmonary Hypertension Association UK (PHA-UK) aims to encourage over 40,000 people to provide a blue lipstick print of their lips to set a new Guinness World Record.

Research shows that lack of awareness of PH can delay a correct diagnosis by up to three years.

The campaign, called 'Pucker Up 4 PH', urges anyone who lives with unexplained breathlessness to visit their family doctor. It is estimated that there are over two million people living with undiagnosed COPD.

PHA-UK’s Paul Pennington said: ‘Blue lips or cyanosis, as it’s medically termed, can indicate the presence of a number of conditions including PH.’

Participants donating lipstick prints so far include the cast and crew of the West End shows Wicked and The Lion King.

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