Quitting Smoking: Tips and Advice
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Quitting to smoke is one of the first things recommended for those diagnosed with COPD; however, as many have stated, quitting is easier said than done.
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Hello members, does anyone have any input on this or advice that they would like to share regarding your story?
Hello, one thing that helped me, even though it has recently been under fire storm, is switching to vaping... I started vaping years ago and it has helped me completely stop the intake of any tobacco. I still vape, just not tobacco... I even vape now CBD oil! It is a great tool, I think. Has anyone else used vaping?
My advice is to quit as fast as you possibly can, no matter how hard, especially if you have not developed a lung disease. You may still have a chance to stop it!
If you need to vape, then vape but make sure you reduce to zero (quickly) the nicotine as some studies say the nicotine/chemicals in vapes can be bad for COPD, but not as bad as tobacco where the link is clear.
I was diagnosed in 2016. I recommend people who still have not been able to stop, to use vaping to slowly stop and then eventually stop vaping completely. It sometimes is just the need to have something to do because of anxiety, etc... you could look into vaping CBD - I have never tried that but if the CBD is clean maybe it does not affect your lungs like cigarretes and nicotine vapes - and CBD helps with anxiety. just a thought.
Ohh, this is really very difficult. When my father tried to quit smoking, he could not cope and I thought that this was just a game and that the problem was that he simply did not want to quit smoking, but I was wrong. A couple of years ago, I accidentally started smoking cigarettes and now I want to get rid of it, and only now I realize how difficult it is. I even decided to try vaping and found the tastiest nicotine-free liquids on the market [link removed by moderator for violation of community standards] and I hope this helps me.
Hey everyone, I haven't been on in a while. But basically, my mom has had COPD for about 3 years now and she STILL. WILL. NOT. QUIT. SMOKING. I don't know what to do anymore. I was thinking about getting her a vape for her birthday, and now after reading these comments it sounds like a good idea. But with all that happened with the JUL and the kids that were dying from it I'm still not sure that it's safe or is a good idea? Idk, now I'm torn. What do you all think?
@Lee__R I quit smoking after I had to have the fire dept put me on bi pap to be transported to the hospital. I spent 4 days in ICU and just didnt want to smoke after that!!
@zodiac I think a lot of the bad press and deaths that were happening turned out to be from off-market or sketchy liquids or pods that people were using that had vitamin E in them if I remember correctly, it feels like it was years ago now after all we've been through recently. I honestly still think that e-cigarettes and vapes are a really important tool for people who are trying to quit smoking (and should CLEARLY not be for kids or teens). You can start out at a certain level of nicotine in them and then slowly reduce over time. Then the problem after is quitting vaping and finding another habit to replace it.
Hello, I am new here. I have stage 4 COPD and just getting over another flair up. I have no idea just when I got to stage 4, The doctor had never mentioned stages before! I am a smoker and I am almost 72 and have smoked since I was 16. I have tried several times and can't seem to stop! I just had balloons put in my arteries in my legs for blockage, I tried cutting back and I got to 15 a day and the doctor wasn't pleased with it all! So I was so upset, I went right back to a pack a day! Now I am determined to stop in Jan. when things calm down! I am stressed out all the time and between COPD and Crohn's and the pain from arthritis all up and down my spine, I am just a mess. We have decided not to be with our kids this year, just too much on me! My husband said we weren't taking the chance of me getting covid, if I do I will die because my lungs are so bad. The worst part is how I can't breathe all of a sudden! I have a panic attack and feel like I am going to die! I had never had a panic attack before, till about 6 mo. ago and man are they scary!! I sleep with oxygen on me and have inogen oxygen this too. Wish me luck and prayers to stop smoking!
I used Chantix. I failed the first 3 times but the 4th time (and I was glad my insurance paid for so many times) I was able to quit. My advice is never quit trying.
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