RESPIRE – An intervention to support smoking cessation among chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients in Cluj-Napoca, Romania 2015-2016


Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the fourth leading cause of death worldwide and is projected to increase due to the continuing exposure to risk factors, especially in countries where smoking continues to be extremely prevalent. Romania is listed in the countries with the highest mortality rates for COPD both for males (more than 80 per 100 000) and females (more than 30 per 100 000). The goal of this study is to determine the effectiveness of a targeted intervention focusing on motivational interviewing, combined with support in accessing and following smoking cessation therapy (within the National STOP Smoking Program) on self-reported smoking cessation rates among patients with COPD, in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, and (2) understand continued smoking behavior and smoking cessation in a Romanian sample of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients.

Coordinator: Babes-Bolyai University from Cluj-Napoca

Partner: Medical Doctors Doina Adina Todea and Andreea Coman from the Clinical Hospital of Pneumology Leon Daniello within the Iuliu Hațieganu University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca

Funder: The Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Total budget: 7000 Euro