Breathe Free – Feel Good is a stop smoking programme for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The programme was developed to increase health professionals’ knowledge and skills of how to support COPD patients to stop smoking and refer those who want to quit to a local Stop Smoking Service.
What is COPD?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a life-threatening disease that affects the lungs and respiratory system and interferes with the ability to breathe normally. COPD usually refers to two different types of lung diseases – chronic bronchitis and emphysema, although people with COPD often have both diseases at the same time.
A one-hour training session provided health professionals with straightforward information to discuss and deliver messages about being smokefree to COPD patients and refer smokers who want to quit to Local Stop Smoking Services. The training was supported by public facing resources including a DVD and booklet, both of which inspire patients with COPD to consider stopping smoking by sharing other people’s stories to which patients can relate.
The 11 minute video diary follows the stories of four people with COPD who have successfully managed to cut down or quit altogether, which helped their condition, their quality of life, and their finances.
The Health Equalities Group can deliver Breathe Free – Feel Good in your area.
Many patients with COPD don’t stop smoking because they believe that the damage is already done. However stopping smoking does make a real difference in terms of slowing disease progression. Stopping smoking can control symptoms and improve the quality of life for people with a chronic condition.