COPD & Smoking

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COPD & Smoking

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Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the name for a group of lung conditions, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis, that cause breathing difficulties.

Smoking is the leading cause of COPD, with up to 90% of cases being the result of lung damage caused by smoking. The best way to prevent COPD getting worse is to quit smoking.

It doesn’t matter how long you’ve smoked for or what stage your COPD is at. It’s never too late to quit smoking and feel the benefits.

There has never been a more important time to make a quit attempt. If you have a respiratory condition like COPD, you are more likely to develop serious complications from COVID-19, like pneumonia. If you smoke this risk is increased even further.

Giving up smoking now could significantly improve your ability to defend and recover from the infection. Lung defences can start to heal within days. QUIT4COVID and reap the benefits.

Find advice about quitting smoking online or access support with one of our advisors over the phone.

Visit or call Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield today:

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You start to see the benefits as soon as you quit and the longer you stay smokefree the better it gets…

24 hours – blood pressure and heart rate improve.
3 days – lungs start to clear and energy levels will rise.
3 months – lung capacity is increased.
1 year – your risk of heart attack is halved and you could have saved over £3,500 by not buying cigarettes.
10 years – your risk of lung cancer is reduced by between 30-50%.

We know that quitting smoking is hard, but the impact quitting can have on your life is massive.

The benefits include:

• Improved quality of life.
• A better response to medicines and treatments.
• Symptoms like coughing and wheezing are eased.
• Prevention of flare-ups.
• Progression of your COPD is slowed or stopped.
• Reduced risk of illnesses like lung cancer, heart attack and stroke.
• Reduced risk of complications from respiratory infections like flu and coronavirus.
• And more money in your pocket.

Don’t just take our word for it. Read Geoff’s story.

In 2012 Geoff was diagnosed with COPD. It wasn’t until several years later, when Geoff’s condition progressed to a more serious stage, that he realised he needed to make a change and give up smoking.

“Looking back, I wish I’d quit smoking right there and then.”

After contacting Smokefree Sheffield partner Yorkshire Smokefree in the Moor Market, Geoff and the team developed a quit plan that worked for him, including the use of nicotine replacement therapy, Champix.

“I tried many times but finally, with the help of Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield, I had the willpower to quit.”

Since quitting he’s got over 50% of his lung capacity back and hasn’t had a chest complaint in over 20 months.

“I’m getting more and more of me back from quitting. Little things like going to get the shopping or just walking up the stairs got so much easier.”

Just like Geoff, you don’t have to quit smoking it alone. You’re three times more likely to be successful with our help and it’s never too late to quit. With Yorkshire Smokefree Sheffield, you’ll be able to talk to a specialist advisor who will help you plan your journey. Alongside their advice, they’ll help you find the right treatment such as:

• Nicotine Replacement Therapy including patches, gums, sprays and lozenges. It’s also available on prescription.
• Stop smoking medication such as Champix.
• E-cigarettes, which are significantly less harmful than traditional cigarettes.