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Politicians and the “vice” of smoking, a bad combination

The Spanish Society of Pneumology has been reviewed lung health of our politicians: a quarter of smokers leaders, three out of ten are at risk of developing COPD and 40% still unaware that smoking is the leading cause of illness

Spanish parliamentarians at the door of the Congress of Deputies. This scene is most common

Political subjects the lungs of deputies and senators to a “high voltage.”Three out of ten of our leaders today are subject to fatigue levels, have an average age, have a smoking and other respiratory symptoms such suffering real risk suffering COPD, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease. It is one of the conclusions drawn from an analysis prepared by the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery (Separ ), which has undergone “examination” medical respiratory 285 Spanish parliamentarians and has tested their knowledge in relation to the COPD. for bewilderment of many , though not let get away from standardized between the population levels, between 36% and 54% of our political representatives are unaware that there is a direct relationship between smoking and the prevalence of COPD.the pathology Its main factor causing the cigarette habit, so checked on the outskirts of political institutions such as the Congress of Deputies, online headshop, the Senate or the Assembly of Madrid, many current MPs have this bad habit. In fact, the study of Separ, is in the Madrid Assembly and the regional Parliament of Castilla-La Mancha where the tendency to “go out the door to take a cigarette” is observed: in Madrid, 47% of the Members are smokers ; in the Courts of Toledo, make 38% of parliamentarians.


60%, smokers or recent quitters

On average, Separ warns that more than a quarter of the leaders are smokers. Two thirds are part of the recent category “smokers or former smokers.” The House where most exposed to the effects of smoking is in Upper (in the Senate is “breathes” and suffers the effect of 40 packages per year leader, at least). So, the summary of the Separ is that more than 30% of parliamentarians have the propensity to lung disease , after subjecting them to a post-bronchodilator spirometry and examine the level of carbon monoxide to determine the exposure that had to smoke snuff in the last season, either actively or passively.

Separ also finds that the prevalence rates of COPD among senators, for example, conform to those of the general population: if in Spain 10.2% of the adult population between 40 and 80 years suffer from , among senators rate is 8.6%. However, it is worrying that e mong 49% and 69% of parliamentarians are unaware of what the acronym COPD, mean also ignore that there is a national strategy to prevent the disease. The Separ warning that the degree of knowledge of the disease is “low” among the leaders, “as it is between the Spanish general population , ” he stresses Dr. Joan B. Soriano , director of Epidemiology and Clinical Research Caubet Foundation -Cimera of the Balearic Islands. No less disturbing is, finally, that half of the leaders who have COPD are still undiagnosed (an indicator thatrises to 73% in the case of citizenship outside of Parliaments).

Meter pathology on the political agenda

With these data, Dr. Juan Ruiz Manzano , president of the Spanish Society of Pneumology and Thoracic Surgery, said that this initiative driven among politicians is one of the larger conducted to assess the health of our politicians, while “intended raise awareness of COPD among politicians to make them aware of the existence of this disease and its main risk factor is smoking . ” Scorning, when WHO warns that by 2030 it is expected that COPD is the third leading cause of death (currently causing 18,000 deaths a year in Spain), it would be a mistake. Political and social, so the principal investigators of the study , the Soriano doctors and Julio Ancochea, the Hospital La Princesa in Madrid, stressed that “raising the profile of the disease within the political agenda is a key strategy to disseminate and educate the rest of the population of the risks of developing COPD. ”

Finally, under the XLV National Congress held by SEPAR in Madrid, in this study called ConSePOC was presented, experts also expressed concern about the current situation because although they have driven restrictive measures against snuff and its aftermath, have found that they themselves have helped to reduce smoke exposure is in all environments , as in catering establishments, while negative figures “are still in the number of smokers, not low, but stabilizes in failed attempts to snuff cessation by smokers and exposure of children to smoke snuff in their homes “, explains the president of the Separ.


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