What is COPD?

COPD stands for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and it’s the name used to describe a number of lifelong lung conditions, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. The main cause of COPD is smoking, and people who have it often have difficulty breathing in and out.

Shockingly, it’s the UK's fifth biggest killer - killing more people every year than breast, bowel or prostate cancer. And it’s estimated that in the South West region alone, there are nearly 90,000 registered sufferers – with a further estimated 55,000 undiagnosed cases. Many smokers don’t even know they have it.

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Know the Signs

Many smokers who develop symptoms of COPD do not get medical help because they often dismiss their symptoms as a ‘smoker’s cough’ or being unfit. Feeling short of breath, even when performing simple tasks, is not normal. It can be an early warning sign of COPD.

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It's never too late to quit

COPD can affect every aspect of your day-to-day life, and people who have it are forced to make a number of changes to their lifestyle. Simple everyday tasks such as climbing the stairs, tying shoelaces, or even trying to walk at the same pace as your family and friends can become extremely challenging.

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Benefits of Quitting

Quitting isn’t easy. But the drastic improvements you’ll experience to your life and general health makes it worth trying.

The damage caused by smoking to your body and to the people around you is horrible and potentially life threatening. But quitting today can change all of this.

Smoking also costs a lot of money. The average 20-a-day smoker will spend over £2,500 in a year! So just imagine your life smokefree – a life in which you’ll feel great and have more money to enjoy.

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