While giving up smoking is a hard thing to do, sometimes you have to consider the alternative.
What else are you really “giving up” by continuing to smoke? Perhaps running after your 2 year-old granddaughter, blowing out candles on a birthday cake, singing the national anthem at a football game, helping your son move into his new home, dancing with your spouse at your high school homecoming, or even, walking your daughter down the aisle.
Life takes breath. Breath is what gives life.
People with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes conditions such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis, often have difficulty with many of the routine tasks of everyday life such as pushing a cart at the grocery store, walking to your car in a parking lot, or mowing the lawn. Not only does COPD affect your physical health, it can also affect your mental health as well, leading to anxiety, fear, and depression. Many who have been there know how scary it is for them when they have difficulty catching a breath.
So the next time you think about picking up a cigarette, think about this:
Would you rather fight the urge to smoke every 10 minutes, or fight to breath every 10 seconds?