I used to wonder when walking why is everyone ahead of me. I did notice I was a bit breathless but took no notice. I admit I loved my cigs and smoked up to 30 a day but have also been a big smoker for over thirty years. One day during a short walk I found that I was unable to move as I could not breath and was taken to hospital. I was 50 years of age and told that I had the onset of Copd if I did not give up my condition would deteriorate and would be on oxygen by the time I was 60. I'm pleased to say I have not smoked since I take seretide an salbutamol and can do most things. If you smoke It's true your condition will deteriorate - so don't be in denial and give up if you want to live longer. Believe it or not after 3 years I still want to smoke - but want a better quality of life and to live longer more.