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Giving Up Smoking in General
Member Name: blazeybug
Giving Up Smoking in General
Date: 20/07/09, updated on 20/07/09 (26 review reads)
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I currently have my Grandad suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and fibrosis of the lungs. Yesterday my Nan (his wife) was taken into hospital and may too have COPD and also has a clot on her lung. We have been told by the Doctor that their illness is smoking related. They have explained that my Grandad, will be dependant on oxygen 24 hours a day and is confined to the house due to this. He has lost all his independance and feels very useless. The Doctor's have also told us that he will die a very horrible, nasty death where he will be gasping for breath but unable to get it.
I personally, do not want this. So, I am giving up smoking. I am currently undergoing heart investigations as I have heart problems in my family. Chances are it will be that what gets me in the end but I have no intentions of assisting it!
I live in a house with 3 other smokers, my partner and both my parents.
I have given up several times in the past and everytime I have done it cold turkey. I find that for two day's I am a complete cow and then after that it gets easier. This is mainly due to the fact that nicotine only stays in the body for 48 hours and after that I tell myself that the addiction is all in my head. I have lasted 3 months before whilst not living at home. When living at home it has been about a week. In that week I found I could taste more, smell more and breathe better. One major downside is all the gross stuff you cough up - but when you consider it has been on my lungs for months I'd rather it came out!
The hard part for me is that my parents buckle every single time. It is then I buckle because they will continue to smoke around me. I don't believe it is the 'giving up' that is difficult but actually STAYING given up. Don't get me wrong - giving up is no picnic but it is made a thousand times harder by other smokers being inconsiderate and continuing to smoke around you.
Really if you put a recovering alcoholic around drinkers and alcohol then they are much more likely to be tempted to go back to their own ways.
I am simply going to have to put up with it this time. If they want to kill themselves then fine but I refuse to do it to myself. I think now each time I am tempted I am going to have to say to myself "I do not want to die earlier than I have too".
I can give a few tips on giving up as that is what I find the easy part....
Everytime you want a ciggie - have a mouthful of water. You will find you drink loads of the stuff but hey, it's good for you and it keeps your hands occupied.
Nicotine is out of the body within 48 hours - after that it's strictly habit and all in your head. You can beat it!
The night before you give up make a point of brushing your teeth for a seriously long time and do not smoke after that. Then when you wake up you do not have the smoke taste in your mouth.
Chewing gum will keep you doing something with your mouth.
To all those wanting to give up - please do, I am having to watch the effects of the people who have chosen to carry on smoking and it really isn't pretty.
To those who choose to carry on smoking - please be considerate to those wishing to give up.
*** have also written a general review on smoking.
Summary: It needs to be done.