Quit Smoking and Live

Discussion created by Thomas3.20.2010 on Feb 24, 2017
Latest reply on Mar 29, 2018 by karenjones

For those of us with COPD who have Quit Smoking - Hooray!

There are some of us that quit from time to time and have never made the total commitment for a Smoke FREE Life. 


And there are some who just got the diagnosis and are now determined to quit but haven't yet.


So I want to remind ALL of us that smoking with COPD is a literal sentence for a miserable short life! 


COPD is a smoking related incurable progressive disease. It will never get better - only worse!


Smoking cessation is the only reliable treatment to slow the progression of your COPD and help you maintain the lung function you have left. ... If you're a smoker with COPD, you can noticeably improve your health by putting your cigarettes away for good.


Everybody starts to lose some of their lung capacity as they age. A non-smoker loses about 30 cubic centimeters of FEV per year, starting between age 30 and 40. COPD smokers lose about 100 cubic centimeters per year. But if a COPD smoker stops smoking, that loss drops down to almost the same rate as a non-smoker."


Figure 1

You can take your meds, do your exercises, eat your right foods, have your vaccinations, etc...etc...etc... But if you don't quit smoking the rapid progression of your lung capacity is inevitable. 


That means more shortness of breath, more hospitalizations, more missed time with your family, more disability, more risk of pneumonia, collapsed lung, and eventually a very early death. Everythiing is harder once you drop below the 50% mark of FEV1% predicted. 


I keep these facts in mind every single time I feel challenged to pick up a Sickerette. I suffer enough already and I sure don't want my quality of Life to deteriorate. I also want to see my grandchildren grow up rather than them watching me die sloooowly and torturously! I have the power to decide what to do about that! My decision is LIFE!