COMMUNICATIONS NEWS: Fear of lung attack blights social lives, says charity survey

The British Lung Foundation has launched a campaign to highlight that fears over lung attacks can stop patients of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease from going out, shopping, dancing - even hugging and kissing.

The Foundation surveyed around 1,400 patients, and found that fear of a lung attack has stopped COPD patients from taking part in 3.45 million trips to the pub, 3.15 million hugs and 2.89 million kisses.

The charity hopes to raise public understanding of the the disease, and encourage earlier diagnoses.

"COPD is a very debilitating but not a very visible disease," said Helena Shovelton, chief executive at the British Lung Foundation. "We really wanted to show that even small things are sometimes impossible for people with COPD."

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