I'm feeling so positive about my future without smoking... I was told 2 years ago I had early lung damage (copd) and that the cilia in my throat was damaged... I gave up 3 or 4 times on & off but last Christmas (2012) I lost my voice & had a hacking cough... This really scared me & it was almost like a warning in a way that I needed to listen to.
I have stopped for 17 days now & this time i'm sticking to it, I feel like such a fool for smoking & kidding myself that i'd be ok when really I knew deep down that my breathing was getting worse. I had my spirometry lung test (measures the amount (volume) and/or speed (flow) of air that can be inhaled and exhaled) yesterday, I couldn't believe it when the nurse said my oxygen levels were normal & my test revealed that i'm now in the normal range for my lung function I feel like i've been given a second chance, my lungs will never be 100% because i've smoked for 34 years but they won't get worse now i've stopped.
I'm so happy about my results that this is enough to keep me from smoking for good.
Good luck to you all & please keep going, I wish i'd given up before I had messed up my lungs & cilia..