90% of COPD is caused or related to smoking. It is a well-established fact that by stopping smoking, the rate of decline of your COPD will be dramatically reduced. It does not matter at which stage you stop smoking when you have COPD as the benefits will occur at any time.
There are many organisations and agencies that can support you once you have made the decision to stop smoking.
Your homecare team can put you in touch with your local smoke cessation group.
Or you can contact your:
- local pharmacist
- respiratory nurse or clinician
- smoking cessation group.
The majority of products to help you stop smoking are available over the counter from your chemist. When using this route there will be a charge for each item that you purchase. For those that require prescription only medications you will need to see your family doctor or local stop smoking (or smoking cessation) group.
If you are an oxygen user that is smoking (or has relatives/friends that smoke) with either traditional cigarettes or electronic cigarettes, please ensure that you are following the recommended safety guidance provided by your oxygen supplier.