[Smoking cessation in patients with COPD]

Pneumologie. 2014 Apr;68(4):237-58. doi: 10.1055/s-0034-1365052. Epub 2014 Feb 25.
[Article in German]


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of death worldwide. Cigarette smoking is the main cause of COPD. Quitting smoking is thus the most effective treatment strategy and central in COPD prevention. A number of guidelines on prevention, diagnosis, therapy and rehabilitation of COPD have been published. To help implementing and standardizing smoking cessation in COPD a guideline was published 2008 in Germany focusing on this complex issue. The present guideline is an update of the 2008 guideline and has a high grade of evidence (S3 according to the AWMF; Arbeitsgemeinschaft wissenschaftlicher medizinischer Fachgesellschaften). The guideline gives comprehensive and practical information on how to integrate smoking cessation as an central part of COPD therapy.

MeSH terms

  • Germany
  • Health Promotion / standards*
  • Humans
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive / therapy*
  • Pulmonary Medicine / standards*
  • Smoking Cessation / methods*
  • Smoking Prevention*