The European Respiratory Society (ERS) has established a Task Force which is working to produce a consensus statement on Smoking Cessation in COPD and other pulmonary disorders in smokers who are not willing to quit. To assist the work of this group, the ERS and the European Lung Foundation (ELF) have developed an online survey asking smokers with lung conditions about their experiences of having a lung condition, smoking, and trying to quit.
There is little research for this group and the success of this survey could give insight into the attitudes of smokers with lung conditions and help develop patient-focused approaches with better long-term outcomes.
Alpha-1 Awareness UK is a member of the ERS and we should help them to reach this patient population, and encourage them to complete the survey.
For the survey and information go to: ERS-SURVEY
The ERS has also produced a poster which can be displayed in waiting rooms/receptions, given out to patients as a flyer, or used on websites to link to the survey.