I have to comment on a doctors letter once again I come across him referring to COPD as smokers lung so inferring it is our own fault. Two weeks ago I went over to Europe for some treatment to do with emphysema .One of the doctors who was involved in my treatment was on the his government drugs agency board I mention this as to his credentials and to give credence to his views . during conversation he asked me about COPD when I started to explain skipping some of the facts he asked me for a full in depth explanation so I told him every thing I knew including all the stats also including that many of us blame ourselves and it is our own fault for smoking.The next day after speaking and explaining about treatment he said to me when he went home the night before,I saw him through my window at 11pm as he lives on the premises he said he had spent an hour on the Internet looking up copd.This is the main reason for me sharing his views.He went on to say having looked at the stats of 80% of copd sufferers smoked and 20% never smokers also suffer from copd which I already knew from attending PRH course .So he said he could not leave it at that .He had already told me that as a young boy he had been sent to a college in London in the seventies and could remember the fog so he looked at where I lived in Newcastle and found it has the highest instances of COPD in Europe so he asked himself why is this so he went further and found that Newcastle has the highest pollution rate in Europe so instead of just accepting it as smoke he was able to find a table to look at the different elements in the pollution and found there are minute particles of metals which never get blown or washed away as they are too heavy.He then went on to explain his views on why some people get copd and only 20% smokers get it while some never smokers get it he said that we are all born with an immune system so we are protected from viruses as soon as we are born what happens is some of us have parts of the immune system missing so while tobacco is a very bad thing the part of our immune system that is supposed to protect us from the effects and irritants of pollution and tobacco is missing from us, so it is wrong that Dr's should call it smokers lung as it is not our fault that our immune system is not doing its job but also everybody who smokes is endangering there health .He did say it was only his view as he could not give conclusive evidence .To conclude I did not not find out till later from one of the other Dr's that he is also an immunologist and studied under a professor.I have written this because having asked 14 nhs health professionals Dr's. PRH ,specialist none could give me any advice about treatment I was going for none had any knowledge whatsoever but the annoying thing is none could be bothered to find out. Sorry its bit long but I hope you can stop beating yourselves up for smoking and they also train Dr's to be more aware of modern and future treatment . Stay safe keep warm never mind the cost you and your health is far more important than money, have a very happy breath easy Christmas and a happy new year full of good cheer.