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What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)?

COPD is the name used for a number of conditions including emphysema and chronic bronchitis in which the airways become inflamed and the air sacs in the lungs are damaged. This causes the airways to become narrower, making it harder to breathe. Emphysema affects the air sacs in the lungs and chronic bronchitis affects the airways.

The main cause of COPD is smoking. The condition usually affects people over the age of 35 who are, or have been heavy smokers.

People who don’t smoke but have long-term severe asthma can develop COPD. It can also be caused by long-term exposure to air pollution, fumes and dust.

How would stopping smoking help my respiratory health?

If you smoke the most important treatment for COPD is to quit. By stopping smoking you will be better able to manage your condition and improve your quality of life.

It will also slow the damage to your lungs and in some cases prevent your condition from getting worse.

We’ve got lots of information on other reasons to quit smoking on our website or get in touch for further support.

How much money could you save by stopping smoking?

Answer the two questions below and then click “Calculate” to see how much money you could save!


Your savings

Please note that the figures above are simply an indication of how much you could save based on the cost of a packet of cigarettes and your daily intake.