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Providing a voice for nurses with an interest in respiratory care

A major function of ERNA is to provide a unified voice for European nurses interested in respiratory care, wherever or whatever their clinical setting. The aim is to make sure the experience and expertise nurses interested in respiratory care is heard where it has the most potential to make a difference.

ERNA consults with policy makers at European level and is at the forefront in instigating and providing direction in the improvement of respiratory care and the way it is conducted.

ERNA works in collaboration with leading voices in the field of respiratory nursing, to campaign on the real issues affecting respiratory care in Europe.

European Lung White Book now available in multiple languages

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The European Lung White Book www.erswhitebook.org is a comprehensive overview of the state of lung health and disease in Europe. Its 41 chapters, spread over 400-plus pages, draw on the latest data to give a detailed picture of the continent's respiratory health.

The most recent version released earlier this year revealed that lung conditions are responsible for 1 in 10 of all deaths across Europe, and that deaths due to lung cancer and COPD are predicted to rise further over the coming decades.

The book has now been translated into a wide range of European languages and is available in Croatian, Czech, French, German, Greek, Latvian, Polish, Spanish, Russian and Turkish. It will also be available soon in Italian.

At the time of the launch, Birthe Hellqvist Dahl, Chief of Education, Consultant, MPQM at Center of Public Health and Quality Improvement (Denmark), said: “I recommend all respiratory nurses to spend some of their busy time on the updated White Book – which not only offers access to a well written overview of all aspects of respiratory diseases, management and care - including definitions of the role of nurses and other allied health professionals- , but also a rich source of updated references for those who want to read and learn more.”

For more information, or to order a copy of the Book, visit The European Lung White Book website

A scientific review of the health hazards of smoking

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A new website has been launched to provide scientific information on the negative consequences of active and passive smoking for public health.

It is hoped SmokeHaz www.smokehaz.eu will provide a one-stop web platform assessing the relationship between active and passive smoking and a range of specific health outcomes, particularly focusing on lung health.

SmokeHaz was launched during an event in Athens, Greece, which coincided with the country’s EU presidency. Guests at the event included Greek Health Minister Adonis Georgiadis, European Respiratory Society (ERS) President Peter Barnes, Chair of the ERS Tobacco Control Committee Christina Gratziou, and ELF Chair Monica Fletcher.

Key recommendations from SmokeHaz are available to download for free in eight different languages. The recommendations document provides a concise overview of the evidence showing the links between smoking and lung conditions. It also provides eight key recommendations for how to reduce the burden of tobacco-related lung conditions. Download a summary of the recommendations and main findings of the project.

The summary document is also available in German, Greek, Italian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.