Living with COPD

Changing your lifestyle can help your symptoms. If you smoke, giving up is the most important thing you can do for your COPD. It stops damage to your airways caused by cigarette smoke.

For help, ask your doctor about this, call the NHS Smoking Helpline on 0300 123 1044 or go to the NHS Smokefree website on:

You should also avoid fumes like spray deodorant, car exhaust and air fresheners that can irritate your airways.

It’s important you eat well to keep your lungs healthy and prevent infections. You should make sure you stay the correct weight.

Your doctor can help you work out what’s a healthy weight for you. The NHS Choices website, Live Well section, provides helpful information and includes a BMI (Body Mass Index) healthy weight calculator and an explanation. There is also a section if you need help with weight loss. See the following web links:

NHS Choices - Live Well - BMI Height/weight chart

NHS Choices - Live Well - Lose weight

You can find out more about COPD from the British Lung Foundation at or by calling 03000 030 555.


Relevant Topics



What is COPD?

Treatment for COPD

Living with COPD

Services for COPD

Shropshire Services & Self-Help Support Groups - COPD

National Services - COPD


Self Care and Support

Self Care and Support - Introduction