Recommendations to improve smoking cessation outcomes from people with lung conditions who smoke

Sarah Masefield, Pippa Powell, Carlos Jiménez-Ruiz, Peter Hajek, Keir Lewis, Stefan Andreas, Philip Tønnesen, Constant van Schayck, Christina Gratziou, Bertrand Dautzenberg, Serena Tonstad, Thomas Hering, Stephano Nardini, Monica Fletcher

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This study aimed to gain insight into the impact of lung conditions on smoking behaviour and smoking cessation, and identify recommendations for smoking cessation and professional-patient communications. The study was led by the European Lung Foundation in collaboration with the European Respiratory Society Task Force on "Statement on smoking cessation on COPD and other pulmonary diseases and in smokers with comorbidities who find it difficult to quit". A web-based observational cross-sectional questionnaire was developed from a patient-centered literature review. Topics covered were: cohort characteristics; perspectives on smoking cessation; interactions with healthcare professionals; and recommendations to improve cessation outcomes. The questionnaire was disseminated via existing patient and professional networks and social media channels. The survey was available online for a period of 4?months in 16 languages. The data were analysed as a whole, not by country, with thematic analysis of the open responses. Common characteristics were: male (54%); age 40-55 years (39%); 11-20 cigarettes a day (39%); smokes within 30?min of waking (61%); and has made 1-5 cessation attempts in the previous 12?months (54%). 59% had tried cessation treatments, but, of these, 55% had not found any treatments helpful. Recommendations were: earlier intervention; discussion of the patient's smoking beliefs, behaviours and motivation; giving constructive advice; understanding addiction; informed decision-making; and treatment options. Areas for new and further research have been highlighted through exploring the smoking cessation perspectives and recommendations of people with lung conditions in Europe who smoke.
Original languageEnglish
Article number00009-2016
JournalERJ Open Research
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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