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Just pout of interest how many people here with copd were sad still are smokers. Just pure intrigue 💖

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Hi Hun, Knowing most on here I would say maybe 1 or 2 I know of, Nearly all of us are Ex Smokers. See what happens xxx

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There is one very well known one, mentioning no names. Mee-Ow!

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Shutupa your face you...bard...you! I did pack it in for 17 months you know and am working hard on it! There are more than 1 or 2 of of us here. 🐱‍👓😎💖 xx

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😅🤣😘😘

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i always thiought stopping smoking helped but appears everyone just get worse anyway

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That is what is worrying. I am ex smoker, gave up almost 20 years ago. I was recently diagnosed mild copd. Some say you shouldn't necessarily get any worse, others say it's a progressive illness and you will worsen anyway, just quicker if you still smoke! Whatcare folks thoughts on this?

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Hi this is a great topic of confusion which I want to know as well

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I stopped smoking 16 months ago.My lung function was 32% when I stopped. Had review a couple of months ago and lung function is now 24%. So safe to say I have not found any real benefit from stopping smoking apart from I'm a little bit richer.

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Lung function declines with age, that is just a fact of life. If at some time you were a smoker you might have a more rapid decline, and even get diagnosed with COPD. If you quit smoking most will will feel better and breathe better, I am sure there are a small percentage of people that quit smoking and get worse, but that is a small percentage. I quit about 2 years ago and feel much better. There is no question if you keep smoking...you are likely to die sooner. And, with a far lower quality of life.

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But do you decline like rest of population as part of aging process or decline faster. It is confusing. And is still smoking a contributing factor.

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So if only a few still smoke yet everyone has declined giving up smoking does not stop the progression it would appear. This is so so confusing. So we progress no matter what we do? Guess this question is help the newly diagnosed

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Emily I think maybe we still decline but slower by giving up smoking. Also living healthily and exercising will help us even if we still decline.

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it begs the question why would the consultant waste there time,the time of the patient and the time of the nhs by lying and saying they wont get worse. it seems a common thing people are told. the nhs is already on its knees without wasting money on consultancy meetings and lying threw there teeth, just a complete waste of everyones time

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I don't think they are lying. It seems some who stop smoking or give up an occupational cause etc might stabilise and not worsen much. On the other hand some will deteriorate no matter what. The dr is not a fortune teller and can't know what you will be. Maybe they do spirometry yearly for that reason, to discover if you are deteriorating and change your treatment accordingly to help you all they can. I don't know for sure but just applying common sense. A respiratory nurse at pulmonary rehab I'm attending said we would decline in lung function with copd a bit more than never smoker with aging. That's why exercise etc is important.

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telling people they wont get worse sounds like fortune telling to me

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Maybe, although why tell you you will deteriorate and worry you and then if you stabilise and dont worsen you will be angry with doc for worrying you unnecessarily. Just a thought.

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the problem is they tell you that and then you find out from sites like this that it will get worse regardless. you cant hide much these days with the internet. they could save everyones time and money buy just directing people to this site

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You're probably right. Fingers crossed we are the fortunate slow decliners. Meanwhile I am gonna do all I can to try to prevent myself from getting worse quickly. Best wishes to you.

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You are correct Lemon as everyone is different everyone declines differently even non smokers and those who do NOT have COPD. Folks on this forum who spew negativity are just plain negative and you won’t change their minds anyway . Bottom line like it or not is continue to smoke you will die quicker and progression is fast. Quit and you WILL be better for it. Case closed

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Yes. If we expect our doctors to help us we must be willing to help ourselves. However, folk have to choose if and when they decide to stop smoking, select healthy foods etc not everyone has will power. I stopped smoking nearly 20 years ago, eat healthily, normal weight, exercise, swim etc. I just hope this and help from docs with flu vaccine, antibiotics etc if have infections will be enough to stop me deteriorating rapidly. All good wishes to you and hope you keep well too.

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'' everyone declines differently'' - then the consultants have no right to tell you that you wont get worse. Case closed

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I am still going to hope for slow decline and be glass half full while I can.

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It stopped mine.. I was diagnosed COPD severe 10 yrs ago .gave up smoking immediately. My lung function has improved so giving up smoking has made a huge difference. Your Lung function starts to deteriorate from around age 27. If you smoke it deteriorates more than a non smoker. Give it up and it goes back to deteriorating normally. My COPD won't go away but is controlled by me giving up smoking. I will NEVER understand why anyone with a lung condition carries in smoking .

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Thank you for your response. Well all we can do is hope for a slow decline snail pace. And maintain a good quality of life

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As one of those- weakness, my husband smokes so they are always there, fear of weight gain, feeling like it doesn’t t matter anyway. Right or wrong, these are all the things that go through my mind. I’m quitting again today .

Don’t bother replying rudely; I refuse to be shamed.

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Would not be rude. Everyone is different and need to do what is right for themselves. Choose what you do, and when to do it, for your own reasons. All good wishes to you.

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I would Never reply rudely .I found it easy to quit smoking. I swore on my Granddaughters life I would Never touch another cigarette. I didn't. I never gained weight and it's been 10 yrs now. It's will power don't need patches etc .just make the break. Really worth it. Every One has a right to choose.

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garshe, I concur. And, pulmonologist from all the best Hospitals and research Universities say almost verbatuim what you have wrote.

Take good care,

Meg

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Admit I had to Google Verbatim as didn't know the meaning lol. Agree

Sheila

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Hi

That's all very well for you to say but it has been scientifically proven that nicotine is more addictive than heroin and it can be a huge struggle for smokers to give up.

By the way I gave them up 5 years ago.

Regards

Kevin

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We all have different ways of coping. I suppose I was lucky as never had a problem quitting once I was diagnosed with COPD. I wanted to be around to see my Granddaughter grow up. Happy you gave up also as will slow the progression of this horrible disease.

Sheila.

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You may not get many responses as those who continue to smoke will progress their condition far more rapidly than the natural depletion of lung capacity which is quite small and tolerated by those without a condition ?

Regards Ski's who still craves tobacco after almost a year of quitting. :) x

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It's a shame because this forum is about support trust and family I would have thought.

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Emily,If people continue to smoke with a progressive disease then not many of them will be about to respond to the post was what i meant.

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Hi I knew what you meant I meant it's a shame people won't as this helps us newbies. I agree with what you are saying just feel it's a shame

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I think maybe you are over thinking this and although it's a bit gloomy up north for some reason i think you are in a southerly location and that you should be out and about enjoying life and the sunshine, :) x

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A lot of it depends on luck. Copd is a progressive disease so will get worse over time. This is due to natural aging and also the illness. However smoking will make it progress faster. We are all different and no one can tell you exactly how fast you will decline. Some people, despite doing all the right things, will progress more quickly than others at the same stage. On the other hand I haven't progressed much at all (yet) despite still smoking. It's a matter of having some good lung genes as well as bad which I obviously do.

The best thing to do is not to worry so much about it, accept you have an illness and take care of your lungs, then go and live your life. Life is uncertain anyway and you never know what might get you in the end. That's what I do and let the future take care of itself. If you live in the past you live with regret, in the future and you live with worry and anxiety. But if you live in the present you live with balance.

Life doesn't come with any guarantees or a handbook does it!. x

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Very nicely put. I think maybe if people are still smoking and donr want to say that's fair enough and should be respected, I think though it's not a judgement question is a trying to make sense of it question.

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4 Years ago I Quit. I do not Miss the Coughing 24/7 till my rib Cage comes out..... If I hadn't I would be Dead by Now....OK there it is in a Nutshell. I was ONE that Used any Excuse not to Stop the Fags...I am Here, I am Alive, I don't Stink of Smoke. Be Grateful to all that Lead the way. Have A Great Weekend everyone. xxxxxxx Now off into my Lovely garden with a Glass of Rose.

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You are an amazing person...how are you healing my lovely. And thank you for responding as that means so so much..much love xxx

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Thank You Hun, I am good Now, as long as we have sunshine, I'm a happy Bunny, in my Garden With my Wine, taking all the Flowers and Music in.. Have a Great weekend Hun. XXXX

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Thank you going to Spain for 4 days as of Monday so packing and reading responses. Glad you are healing xxxx

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I have been watching my family who live in Spain,(Spanish) Their day For the Yearly "Sevillanas " My Daughter Is Riding in the Traditional Spanish Attire on her Beautiful Horse, My Two Great Granddaughters are both dressed in their Sevillana Dresses. I will be Adding photo soon. Have a Great Spanish Holiday Hun. I wish I could go. Enjoy every Minute. It is Very Very Hot There. Love n Hugs xxxxx

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I was diagnosed 3 years ago, as moderate. I quit smoking for 3 months, picked up again, now am quit 1 year. A&E visits and infections all the time after diagnosis. None, in past year since quitting. Still some breathing problems especially on exertion. Not hacking all the time though.

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Thank you for responding this is so helpful for us newly diagnosed who may feel not smoking has no purpose thank you so much for that thank you

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Can I ask are you still moderate

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Yes, I work full time, exercise, and take care of my grandchildren sometimes. I am short of breath often when active, but it is more annoying than anything at this stage for me now that I am not sick all the time.

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Emily, why is your name hidden??

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I was Wondering Also, But she goes on Holiday to Spain Tomorrow, maybe she wants a Rest from The Forum ? xxx

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I stopped in 2010 after being advised to in 2005 ,I regret not stopping in2005 as I know this extra 5 yrs accelerated the decline in lung function, at present I'm losing just over 1% lung function per year and tbh since stopping I've never considered taking another drag

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I have been wanting to ask your question ,only because is there people like me that find it difficult to stop ,sometimes it truely depresses me I no it is so bad for me,do you smoke lass

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I stopped two days after copd diagnosis, I do want a cigarette , but I’ve been using patches. I have got hypnotherapy tomorrow to make sure I quit for good x

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Well done lass ,best wishes

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Hello smoking is a toxin we have too deal with but there are other toxins we deal with day in day out they are all around us what we all have is a wonderful organ ,the liver this organ works day and night to rid us of these toxins storing all the poisons it can to keep us safe , when are livers get over burdened it can’t protect us .when this happens these toxins are released into our bodies and cause havoc if you can detox your liver gently through eating fruit and vegetables drinking plenty of water this will reverse your liver load and allow it to protect you again from these toxins

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Hi Scottish65lass, I tried and failed so many times to stop smoking and must admit always felt bad with coughs and colds, i finally stopped in 2009 and have never looked back. I just wish I had done it earlier and perhaps my lungs would be in a better condition, but cant complain I am feeling quite good.I have bronchiectasis not copd. I hope you manage to quit soon and feel good x

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I have stopped by using patches and I’ve got hypnotherapy tomorrow to make sure x

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Oh! Bless, wish you the best of luck, dont give up x

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Thankyou x

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10 years is fabulous! Well done!

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Thank you, certainly couldnt afford it now, but dont really miss it anymore x

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Yes - I’m in the US- prices vary by state for smokes. Roughly $8 per pack USD in Michigan where I live

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I never smoked or lived with smokers. Lifelong asthma and multiple bouts of pneumonia, including yearly to age 7 is what has messed my lungs up.

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Hi Scottish65lass,

I still smoke.

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I finally quit smoking after about 35 years on and off and it felt great, taste, smell, easier breathing, cycling, swimming just running around with my daughter.

Then 12 months after I quit I started to get out of breath walking up hill, then up the stairs. I couldn't believe it when told about copd.

Three years now and I feel guilt everyday as I watch my daughter growing into an athletic young woman.

I seem to get worse every couple of months so this summer I'm not sure if I'll even be able to walk on the beach with her let alone go for a dip.

So, cigarette for me?

Absolutely not. I've deprived my daughter of too much already.

each to their own, enjoy whatever you do xx

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I’m sad to say I am currently smoking with COPD. Ive got 2.5 left in my current pack- I’m gonna quit again today when they are finished

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You can do it, life is more precious than tobacco

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3 and half years in x

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Stopped same day i found out. 1. 12. 2013

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I do, too many people end up getting worse when they stop.

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I gave up over 20 years ago (20 years @ 20 a day) and jogged regularly between 50 and 60. Hit 60, became breathless and discovered I had COPD and bronchiectasis followed by late onset asthma and chronic pseudomonas infection. Been pretty ill but am now on the way up thanks to the amazing consultants I have.

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I quit 20 years ago and was recently diagnosed mild copd. I hope you continue to receive good medical care and improve and feel better. Good wishes to you.

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Give up 2003 , I believe if I had not done so I would not be around today.

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2 packs a day for 50 years, down to 6-8 cigs per day. I l;ost 60 pounds for other reasons andf have been off O2 for over a year.

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It is a different situation for everyone. I expected my COPD to progress slowly. Instead I had two very bad bouts of illness over the winter and my COPD rating went from 41% to 34%, and now I worry that another bout would take me into a zone where I need to cared for, which I do not like. I am an ex smoker [gave up 5 years ago]. It felt great for a year then the COPD took over. I still long for a fag. Good luck to all. Lets enjoy the summer while we can.

Brian

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I am an ex smoker.

I was diagnosed with COPD. I used to cough every day. I read about all the orange veggies, getting rid of copd. I ate them, So much.

No cough anymore, and I was re tested, and told I was misdiagnosed. It's only asthma.

Was it the veggies? Can someone else also give them a go? Please keep me informed, of you do.

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I have just come out of hospital with respiratory failure n smoked 40 a day iv copd I have stopped by the hospital giving me a patch but iv also bought a vape which is just like s fag hope I can continue to vape n not go no to fags cause dr said next time I be dead

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I stopped 30 years ago after two sessions of hypnotherapy. Never touched another cigarette and how I loved them. I was very lucky, hypnotherapy doesn't work for everyone, sadly.

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