Coronavirus (774) 7th IPCRG Clinical Practice Webinar & Abstract Presentations: nicotine, smoking, COVID-19

24 June, 2020

The Impact of Nicotine & Smoking in COVID-19 and Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Asthma & COPD) - A Conversation & Case Study Discussion with Noel Baxter GP, and Darush Attar-Zadeh, pharmacist

Saturday 27 June 2020, 1200-1400hrs BST


Thank you to those of you who have supported the IPCRG webinars over the past six weeks. We have been delighted by your feedback and appreciate you spending part of your Saturday with us. Our topic this week is the highly topical Impact of Nicotine & Smoking in COVID-19 & Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Asthma & COPD). We are trying something a little different: it will be a conversation & case study discussion between Noel Baxter, GP & Darush Attar-Zadeh, pharmacist.

Together with two other IPCRG colleagues, Vidal Barchilon and Anders Østrem, they have recently advised Medthority on a new FREE online e-learning programme on treating tobacco dependence using VERY BRIEF ADVICE and will draw on our new interactive case studies in their discussion. They will also explore the very latest evidence about nicotine, smoking and COVID-19 and the availability of essential stop smoking medicines around the world.

This discussion will be followed by some of the highly ranked abstracts previously selected for presentation at the postponed 10th IPCRG World Conference that was due to be held in Dublin in May this year. These webinars are enabling researchers to share their work with you, an international audience, whilst gaining important peer review that otherwise might have been missed during the current pandemic.

So please join us by registering at:

Programme, Saturday 27 June 2020

Timing BST

1200-1205 Welcome Siân Williams, CEO, IPCRG

1205-1250 Plenary The Impact of Nicotine & Smoking in COVID-19 & Chronic Respiratory Diseases (Asthma & COPD): A Conversation & Case Study Discussion with Noel Baxter & Darush Attar-Zadeh, UK

Video & Comfort Break

Oral Abstracts

1300-1310 1. Airway inflammation and oxidative stress in biomass fuel smoke exposed women as assessed by exhaled Carbon monoxide levels Gihani Jayaweera, Sri Lanka

1310-1320 2. COPD as a risk factor for chronic conditions Andrew Cave, Canada

1320-1330 3. The effect of tiotropium/olodaterol versus tiotropium on COPD exacerbation rates in patients with/without frequent exacerbation history Alberto de la Hoz, Germany

1330-1340 4. Efficacy of tiotropium/olodaterol compared with tiotropium in patients naïve to LAMA, LABA and ICS, and patients receiving only LAMA at baseline: Pooled analyses of four clinical trials Peter Calverley, UK

1340-1350 5. Exploring Romanian young adult perceptions and behaviours on using heated tobacco products (HTPs) following exposure to direct marketing methods Sergiu Chirila, Romania

1350-1400 6. Behaviours and attitude towards Tobacco Smoking in Tunisian patients with Chronic Non-communicable Diseases Abdelaziz Hamdene, Tunisia

1400-1410 7. Factors associated with previous quit attempts and motivation to quit, amongst primary care patients who are current smokers in Macedonia: A Breathe Well Study Gjorgji Stanoevski, Macedonia

1410-1415 Close Siân Williams, CEO, IPCRG


Our final webinar in this series is next week on 4 July. Timings and topics are below and please book your place here ( . Registration for the webinars for all healthcare professionals is free and open to the primary care respiratory academic community and all respiratory interested primary care healthcare professionals.

04 July 1500-1700 BST COVID-19 & the Importance of Public Education in Primary Care

Presenters: Sundeep Salvi, India & Javiera Corbalán, Chile

All resources from previous IPCRG webinars, including the presentations and session recordings, can be found by following the links below:

16 May COVID-19 in Primary Care: Supporting those Suffering & Recovering ( Presenters: Steve Holmes, UK & Matthieu Bremond, France

23 May COVID-19 in Primary Care: Supporting People’s Mental Health ( Presenters: Lindsay Ip, UK & Jaime Correia de Sousa, Portugal

30 May COVID-19 in Primary Care: Protecting the Most Vulnerable ( Presenters: Hanna Sandelowsky, Sweden & Chunhua Chi, China

6 June COVID-19 & the ( Primary Care Management of Asthma ( Presenters: Dermot Nolan, Ireland & Alan Kaplan, Ireland

13 June COVID-19 & the Challenges of Diagnosing Asthma in Primary Care ( Presenters: Luke Daines, UK & Jim Stout, USA

20 June COVID-19 & Diagnosis and Management of COPD in Primary Care ( Presenters: Hilary Pinnock & Vince Mak, UK

IPCRG also has frequently updated resources on many aspects of COVID-19. These can be accessed by following this link: There are a wide variety of resources including:

* Expert Recommendations for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 Infections in Primary Care (First Edition)

* Handbook on COVID-19 Infection, Prevention and Control in Communities: Compiled and published by the Bureau of Disease Prevention and Control of National Health Commission of People’s Republic of China

We are grateful to Boehringer Ingelheim for their support for the organisation of this webinar. The IPCRG is solely responsible for selecting and briefing the presenters; the abstract presenters have been peer reviewed and are presenting their original research.

Go to to find out more about the IPCRG, a charity working locally in primary care and collaborating globally to improve respiratory health so that we can achieve our vision of a global population breathing and feeling well through universal access to right care. We are the primary care representative on WHO-GARD.

With our best wishes,

Siân Williams,CEO IPCRG

Ioanna Tsiligianni, President IPCRG

HIFA profile: Sian Williams is Executive Officer at the International Primary Care Respiratory Group in the UK. Professional interests: Implementation science, NCDs, primary care, respiratory health, education, evaluation, value, breaking down silos. AT