With around 1.2 million people in the UK living with diagnosed Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the Quit Squad are urging people who smoke to get the help they need to quit on World COPD Day, November 21, 2018.
COPD describes a group of lung conditions that make it difficult to empty air out of the lungs because the airways have been narrowed and often develops when the lungs are exposed to cigarette smoke. This means that living with COPD can make it hard for people to do even simple, everyday tasks.
Gareth Beck from the Quit Squad at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said:
“COPD is a common condition that mainly affects middle-aged or older adults who smoke but the likelihood of developing the disease increases the more you smoke and the longer you’ve smoked. To mark World COPD Day, the Quit Squad are encouraging smokers to contact the service for free specialist advice. You are up to four times more likely to quit with the help of stop smoking aids combined with specialist help and support than without.”
The Quit Squad is a service delivered by Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust and funded by Lancashire County Council. You can access the service in your local community by visiting a drop-in clinic (for which no appointments are required) or by attending a one-to-one session. The Quit Squad also offers sessions in the community and workplace. For further details, telephone 0800 3286297, visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk, or follow the Quit Squad on Twitter @LancashireCare #QuitSquad.