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Quit smoking to reduce chances of COPD

Every Breath Counts

Smokers in Gateshead are being urged to quit and reduce their risk of developing a disease which can leave sufferers fighting for breath. 

The "Every Breath" campaign from Fresh is raising awareness that smoking causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the UK's fifth biggest killer and is mainly caused by smoking. Feeling short of breath, a chronic cough and wheezing are early signs that can present themselves from middle age onwards. One major study suggests at least one in four smokers will develop COPD.

Councillor Bernadette Oliphant, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

"The North East is one of the hardest hit regions with around 80,000 people in the region living with the condition, more than 12,000 of them in Newcastle and Gateshead. Many people also have the disease but are as yet undiagnosed.

"The likelihood of developing COPD increases the more you smoke and the longer you've smoked for. But even if you have COPD, quitting smoking can bring massive improvements to the way you feel and to your health. You'll feel better too - you'll feel less short of breath and cough less."

There are lots of benefits of quitting smoking besides improving your health and reducing the risks of a smoking-caused disease like COPD, cancer and heart disease. You can also save money by quitting - someone smoking 12 a day can save around £1,900 a year - as well as reducing feelings of stress and anxiety

There are more ways to quit than ever before

  • Get support from your local stop smoking service where you can see a friendly, trained advisor. Contact Gateshead Stop Smoking Service.
  • Nicotine replacement products and stop smoking medicines are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you reduce withdrawal symptoms and quit for good. Get some advice to help use it.
  • Switching to an e-cigarette has helped many smokers stop. In the UK, e-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality and while not completely risk free, they carry a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes.
Every Breath Counts
05 March 2020

Smokers in Gateshead are being urged to quit and reduce their risk of developing a disease which can leave sufferers fighting for breath. 

The "Every Breath" campaign from Fresh is raising awareness that smoking causes chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is the UK's fifth biggest killer and is mainly caused by smoking. Feeling short of breath, a chronic cough and wheezing are early signs that can present themselves from middle age onwards. One major study suggests at least one in four smokers will develop COPD.

Councillor Bernadette Oliphant, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said:

"The North East is one of the hardest hit regions with around 80,000 people in the region living with the condition, more than 12,000 of them in Newcastle and Gateshead. Many people also have the disease but are as yet undiagnosed.

"The likelihood of developing COPD increases the more you smoke and the longer you've smoked for. But even if you have COPD, quitting smoking can bring massive improvements to the way you feel and to your health. You'll feel better too - you'll feel less short of breath and cough less."

There are lots of benefits of quitting smoking besides improving your health and reducing the risks of a smoking-caused disease like COPD, cancer and heart disease. You can also save money by quitting - someone smoking 12 a day can save around £1,900 a year - as well as reducing feelings of stress and anxiety

There are more ways to quit than ever before

  • Get support from your local stop smoking service where you can see a friendly, trained advisor. Contact Gateshead Stop Smoking Service.
  • Nicotine replacement products and stop smoking medicines are available from shops, pharmacies and on prescription to help you reduce withdrawal symptoms and quit for good. Get some advice to help use it.
  • Switching to an e-cigarette has helped many smokers stop. In the UK, e-cigarettes are tightly regulated for safety and quality and while not completely risk free, they carry a small fraction of the risk of cigarettes.
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