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smoking and asthma

So what i failed to tell everybody is that I smoke. I know its stupid to do when you have asthma, but i was smoking before i was diagnosed with asthma and it is very hard to quit. But today, I found a couple patches and put one on. Then I called a local support group and they are gonna send me more free patches. I am doing this for me and my health. Are any of you ex smokers and if so, how did you quit?

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  • Kathy P

    Hugs…I started smoking when I was in college. It's extremely addictive and hard to quit. I watched my grandfather die of lung cancer caused by his smoking and I still chose to smoke!I smoked off and on til I was pregnant. Protecting the baby was enough incentive to not smoke. But I did still smoke on occasion after. Its probably been 15 yrs since I've had a cigarette.I'll admit that there are still days I'd love a cigarette! It's crazy! My dad smoked as a young man and would say the same thing even into his 60s. There were still times he craved a smoke.We're here for you. No judgement, just support! It's easy to get discouraged and slip. Don't let that derail you.

  • Emilee R Ashline

    I have been on the patch for two hours and have had no cravings for a cigarette. Plus I found an app on my phone that tracks how much money to save and how long you have been a non smoker. That is a pretty good incentive for me. In the long run, my lungs will appreciate it

  • Emilee R Ashline

    Just wanted to let everyone know that i have been cigarette free for 8 hours now. I went for a walk, brought my inhaler because i usually need it, but i didnt use it at all today

  • Emilee R Ashline

    I made it twenty four hours with smoking. I even had a couple drinks last night and didnt even smoke one then. And I can feel a big difference with my asthma

  • K8sMom2002

    Emilee! 

    My mom was a pack and a half a day-er up until about three years before she died of COPD – and she was the one who'd cared for my grandfather when he had lung cancer, and her sister when SHE had COPD.

    My mom was a strong woman, but she said it was the hardest thing she ever did. 

    Things that worked for her:

    • Figuring out what "cues" made her want to smoke. 
    • Avoiding situations where she would normally smoke.
    • Hanging around people who didn't smoke — but not telling them she'd quit.
    • Literally tackling it day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute. 
    • Celebrating milestones with treats.

    Her doctors said if she hadn't quit smoking when she did, we wouldn't have had her for those three years.

    I'd plan something extraordinary with those savings and I would make sure that I treated myself WELL.

  • Emilee R Ashline

    When i ever i have the urge to smoke, i put up a pen and a piece of paper and just start writing, whether its notes for school work or random thoughts, it works. I am on patch number 3 and i can feel a big difference when it comes to smelling and tasting. And im so sorry for your loss. Hugs!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Thank you … I really appreciate that. 

    But you reminded me of another thing my mom did — she said she needed to keep her hands busy and her fingers full so she couldn't reach for a cigarette. Sounds like you're doing just that!

  • Kathy P

    Sounds like you have a good system going. Writing is great way to keep your hands busy. For me, I had to find an alternative way to deal with stress since stress was my major trigger.

  • Emilee R Ashline

    Yep. I am on day 3 of the patch and so far its been successful. My system ia definitely working. My cravings only last 3-5 minutes and when i am done writing, the craving is gone. Also i am drinking lots of water

  • K8sMom2002

    , Emilee!

    Some insurance wellness programs also have a quit-tobacco support program. You might want to call your insurer (the number on the back of your card) and see what they offer. Sometimes they offer cool prizes or gift cards for enrolling … can't hurt to ask!

  • Emilee R Ashline

    I did. I calles 802quits which is the Vermont quit smoking support team. I have phone calls from them each week to help guide me

  • Jen

    Emilee – Super proud of you for doing this!  I am also really happy that you are seeing improvements with your asthma.  

    I smoked a pack a day for a couple of years in college.  I quit (cold turkey) when I started working at a pulmonologist's office, I think it was summer after my junior year. It just didn't feel right to smoke when I was working with people who had all sorts of lung issues.  I didn't touch any cigarettes til my mid 20's.  At that point, I would bum one or 2 when I went to happy hour with coworkers.  Once I got pregnant with my first, I didn't have another and truly don't want one at all.  The smell has become so off-putting to me.

  • Allison

    I just want to say congrats and keep going!

    My mom died of throat cancer – the doctor attributed it to tobacco and alcohol. She quit drinking when I was a teen, but could not give up cigs – smoked until the day before her first surgery and she died 2.5 years later when I was preggo with my 1st and only child, so she never got to meet him.

    Your future self will thank you!!!

     

  • K8sMom2002

    @Emilee R Ashline, checking on you — it's okay if you fell off the wagon. Just trying is a big step! Check in when you can!

  • Jen

    @Emilee R Ashline - Thinking of you.  Stop in to update us when you get a chance.