10 March 2015
Dr James Goldring is a consultant respiratory physician at the Royal Free London. We spoke to him about the benefits of giving up:
“Quitting smoking reduces your risk of developing lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pneumonia.
“Asthma sufferers who quit are less likely to experience attacks, while their asthma inhalers will be more effective.
“Quitting can also improve the response of some lung cancers to chemotherapy and radiotherapy and reduces complications if you're having lung surgery.”
The Royal Free London offers a specialist, friendly, confidential and responsive service to all patients, visitors and staff who want to quit smoking for good. Find out more about our stop smoking service.
Notes to editors
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published public health smoking cessation guidance specifically for hospitals, which includes offering support for people to stop smoking and making all NHS secondary care hospitals completely smoke free.
Smoke free policies have received widespread support. A 2011 YouGov poll found that 82% of people surveyed believed that having smoke free environments was good for the health of the population.
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