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Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report: Lung Function

Scottish Health Survey: Topic Report: Lung Function

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

ISBN: 9781784126797

This report presents data from objective measurement of lung function in adults, measured by portable spirometers, using data from the 2008- 2011 Scottish Health Surveys.

Executive Summary

Three parameters of lung function are reported: forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC), and the ratio of these measurements (FEV1/FVC).

In general, poor lung function was higher among those in the lowest income households, living in the most deprived areas, or with a household reference person with a semi-routine/routine occupation.

Lung function was considerably worse in current smokers than in people who had never smoked cigarettes regularly. Ex-smokers who had stopped smoking more than 10 years ago had similar lung function to those who never smoked, but more

recent ex-smokers had similar results to current smokers. The amount smoked was also an important factor: lung function decreased as lifetime cigarette consumption increased.