Switching inhalers is not just an environmental choice
Jane Scullion Respiratory nurse consultant, Glenfield Hospital, Leicester
Inhaler devices may leave a carbon footprint, but are essential to many people’s health
Inhalers are the mainstay of asthma treatment, where they reduce symptoms and save lives (Scullion and Holmes 2013), and in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), where they reduce symptoms and reduce risk of death – although a definitive study on this has not been published. But do inhalers come with a cost to the environment?
Primary Health Care. 29, 2, 17-17. doi: 10.7748/phc.29.2.17.s15