Have You Ever Been A Smoker?
January 17, 2017 10:24am CST
I smoked cigarettes on and off for twenty five years. I initially quit when I was pregnant but started again when my daughter was six weeks old. I was then diagnosed with Asthma in 2008. I stopped again only to have another couple of relapses. I tried nicotine withdrawal aid products such as nicotine lozenges to help kick the habit. They merely served as a purpose to keep me addicted and lead me back to twenty cigarettes per day. I eventually quit for good when I was diagnosed with COPD in 2012. I had to halt this disease in it's tracks so I had no choice. I'm glad cigarettes are no longer in my life. Although I have flare ups of my illness and have been hospitalized on a few occasions, I am still quite active. Have you ever smoked or have a relative that did? If so how did you/they give up?
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• Pleasant Hill, California
18 Jan 17
I've smoked for several years and still do. I'm active (softball, hiking, basketball, cycling), but I can feel the effects sometimes. I don't know how, but I've managed to keep my smoking at half a pack a day or less.
• Portland, Connecticut
17 Jan 17
I was a smoker but only a pack a week. I quit in 1993 and have never had another puff. I had quit before but it didn't stick, this time it was forever. I was sick and hadn't smoked for a week and decided that I would just not smoke anymore and that was that. When our house burned down and I didn't start smoking again I knew that I had gotten over it
I have never known anyone in my social circle to ever smoke. Religiously speaking, it isn't acceptable. It actually will look quite an odd sight to see a Sikh smoking as they get noticed easily. It sort of serves as a deterrent. So, in such cases, even if they want to smoke, they will quit sooner rather than later on their own.
• Jacksonville, Florida
19 Jan 17
I started smoking when I was 18 years old. I quit during one of my pregnancies and went right back to it after. When I'm no longer pregnant I'm going to quit with the patch. I have always smoked less than half a pack a day. Right now I'm down to 5 per day. My OB said quitting right now would do more harm than good because of the stress of quitting on me and the baby. Wish me luck in quitting please!
• United States
17 Jan 17
I started smoking when I was about 13...by the time I was in my 50's I was smoking 4 packs a day. My husband probably smoked more years since he's older, and he smoked non filtered...we both quit cold turkey in February 2001. Cold turkey is the only way we could have done it. We both have breathing issued, I have COPD...and still cough my lungs up every morning...him too.
18 Jan 17
I am currently a smoker. I have been smoking for 10 years already but i do hope that one day i will get this under control or try and quit. It isnt an easy task and to quit you neede to have a big amount of will power to do so. I am just waiting for that moment that i have the power to let myself try and quit.