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Hi I want to stop smoking as I have COPD.i was diagnosed with it 5 years ago. I am 64 and I have had several attempts at stopping (once I gave up for 6 months) but have always gone back to it. I need to stop as the COPD has gone from mild to moderate and have had my inhaler recently changed to one which is stronger. So I desperately want to stop, but I need some help. Is there any advice anyone can suggest as I'm at the end of my tether. My step mother's mother watched her gasping desperately for air from COPD and I do not wish to die like that. So please can anyone offer me any advice as i have read some of your writings and they are great absolutely wonderful. I thankyou in advance.

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Welcome Qr83k_-Jd!

Stopping smoking is the most difficult thing to accomplish for many, myself included, but it will also be one of the best things you will achieve! After several attempts, I am now 7 years smoke free. I think the key thing for me was having the right mindset that smoking is no longer an option then support (like these communities) and my number 1 was knowledge as to what is happening when you stop smoking both mentally and physically. Continue to read up on the pinned posts here and elsewhere and stay close to here. There is always someone around :)

Let me know if you have any questions.....

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Qr83k_-Jd in reply to RoisinO1

Thankyou so much for what you said. It was helpful to know that you tried before. I do not feel so isolated now. I will read other people's messages. I am determined that I want to stop smoking and you quite correct when you say we have to be in the right mindset. I think that is half of the problem with me as I just didn't do that and it's the little voice that says go go have a cigarette. Thankyou for getting back to me your words were very kind.

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RoisinO1Administrator in reply to Qr83k_-Jd

Look forward to reading your smoke free progress soon Qr83k_-Jd :)

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Qr83k_-Jd in reply to RoisinO1

Thankyou very much Roisin I will keep you informed.

I wish you all the luck on your smoke free journey. I can't tell you what to do, but I can tell you what I found helped me. I have tried so many times, and I really wanted to make this my last attempt. I used all my triggers from my previous failed attempts and tried to learn from them. I downloaded the smoke free app which gives you daily missions (which I highly recommend) and tracks your progress, I got a journal (which I write in often), I got a jar which I put all the money that I am saving from not smoking in, and I come on health unlocked all the time, even if its is just to read and not say much. . As a smoker, I found myself living in denial, but I am making myself read up and understand the facts of smoking. I am also using nicotine replacement which helps. I wish you all the luck 💪🚭👍

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Qr83k_-Jd in reply to MG36

Thankyou so much for your wonderful and kind words. I like the idea of joining the NHS app, I did wonder if it would turn out to be the same kind of support I had previously (which was awful actually) but it is great,I'm really supported this time. Health unlocked I find it so supportive and would be lost without it and I get to hear some wonderful stories from truly lovely people. People like yourself. Iwill think about joining the health unlocked support group you say it's good you say so I will seriously think about it. Thankyou so much for responding to me.

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