Breathe Easy marks No Smoking Day

BREATHE Easy Causeway celebrates No Smoking Day last Wednesday by offering advice and information in Boots in Coleraine.

Smoking is a major cause of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), the umbrella term used to describe a number of lung conditions including chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

Over 31,000 people in Northern Ireland have a COPD diagnosis. It is thought that many more have the condition without knowing it.

Breathe Easy Causeway meets regularly at Causeway Hospital and is chaired by Sam Kelly.

Mr Kelly said: “I’m delighted to be a part of Breathe Easy Causeway. We’re really lucky to have such an enthusiastic group on our doorstep.

“No Smoking Day was a great opportunity for people to take responsibility for their health. It was also a chance to think about supporting groups that give so much to our communities. “]

Nessie Blair, British Lung Foundation Development Officer for Northern Ireland, said: “Smoking makes the symptoms of COPD significantly worse.

“Although there’s no cure for these conditions, we can stop symptoms deteriorating by helping people to quit. We want to make sure smokers trying to give up have the support they need.”