Emphysema - Smoking

Are/were you a smoker prior to your emphysema diagnosis? If you've stopped, what worked for you?

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Smoking cessation

The number one treatment goal is to have the patient stop smoking. Education, counseling, support groups and medication may be used. Moreover, prevention is most important, and not starting to smoke is much easier than helping a person to quit smoking.

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Comment from: Lisa, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 22

I quit smoking cold turkey one year ago to be baptized in my church.

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Comment from: Tedster, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: April 24

After smoking for forty years and smoking up to 2 to 2 1/2 packs a day, I quit. I had to use Chantix as nothing worked, my cravings were too strong. I"ve been cigarette free now for 7 great years but the effects of cigarettes will be with me forever. I have what was classified as "early stages" of emphysema but I think it"s worse than that. I can always finish a sentence without having to stop midsentence to catch my breath. I can"t walk up a hill without feeling like I can"t get enough air. I can"t seem to take a big enough breath! I was a long distance runner in school and looking back what a waste of money and my health for a stupid habit!

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