Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: The 'at Your by Jonathan Miles, June Roberts

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Low-tar cigarettes are not really low tar. They contain the same amount of tar as ordinary cigarettes but are fitted with a denser filter. As it is nicotine that you are craving, you will tend to draw harder on the cigarette to get the equivalent high, thus cancelling out the effect of the filter. Menthol cigarettes contain the same amount of nicotine, tar and toxic chemicals as all other cigarettes; they just have a different flavour. The only way to reduce the risk of harm from cigarettes is to stop smoking for good.

How do I know which one to use? All NRT products work in the same way and are equally effective. In the end what you use will be down to personal choice. There are six types available: Stopping smoking • • • • • • 45 patches, gum, nasal spray, inhalator, microtablets, lozenges. If you don’t like chewing gum, gum is obviously not suitable for you; likewise if your skin is easily irritated, patches may not be appropriate. If you match the product to your personal taste, it is likely to be the best one for you.

I am concerned that if I put down COPD I won’t get the job. You should be pleased in many ways that your potential employer is concerned enough to want to find out about your health! These questionnaires are generally considered to be good practice. Provided that you are able to do the job as well as anyone else and are not putting yourself or other people in danger, there should be no problem in your being taken on. There may be some examples of factory work that involve exposure to an agent known to cause breathing problems.

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