When we are young we don’t think about our mortality. Life is for fun and being carefree. I certainly took risks as a young person and looking back with adult eyes I made some bad choices. One of those choices included smoking because not only was it a drain on my purse but it could have affected my health. I stopped smoking when pregnant 16 years ago and I am lucky that my health was not affected. I look at Erin in the midst of an asthma attack and despair to see her gasping for breath it makes me glad that smoking is more anti social in today’s society. I enjoy going to pubs and restaurants knowing that I don’t have to sit in a smoky environment ever again. Yet for some smoking is impacting on their life and their health and I bet if they could turn back the hands of time things would be different.
This short video introduces Kirsty, a brave young mum. At only 33 years old, Kirsty was diagnosed last year with a lung disease caused by smoking. Through powerful film clips, Kirsty explains the impact that a smoking related illness like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease has on daily life.
Currently, there are approximately 900,000 people in the UK diagnosed with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease which generally takes the form of emphysema or chronic bronchitis. It is an irreversible disease which leaves many sufferers struggling to draw breath. It also accounts for 25,000 deaths every year in the UK (more than breast, prostate or bowel cancer combined) and is caused mainly by smoking. Although damage to your lungs cannot be reversed, you can help prevent it developing or getting worse by taking steps to stop smoking.