Public Health England (PHE)’s latest stop-smoking campaign states that smokers are generally unaware of the risks of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is an “umbrella term” covering a number of serious lung conditions including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. It affects an estimated 1 million people in England, of whom nine in 10 cases were caused by smoking.
“Around 25,000 deaths each year in England are attributable to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)… COPD led to over 113,000 emergency hospital admissions in England in 2013 and 2014.”.
Smoker’s cough ‘could be sign of serious disease’. London: BBC Health News, December 29th 2015.
This relates to:
Chronic smoking-related lung disease blights over 1 million lives in England. London [Online]: Public Health England, December 29th 2015.
Statistics on the Impact of Anti-Smoking Legislation
Possibly of interest:
Triggle, N. (2017). Pub smoking ban: 10 charts that show the impact. London: BBC Health News, July 1st 2017.
An Example COPD Support Network
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust established the Integrated Respiratory Action Network Group for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). This operates in line with NICE guidance for the diagnosis and management of COPD in patients over 16 years of age. Related NICE guidance includes:
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in adults. (QS10).
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in over 16s: diagnosis and management. (CG101).
Ward, H. (2017). Integrated Respiratory Action Network Group for patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). A Future Hospital Programme case study. Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), July 2017.