(CO23) I have COPD. Smoked for 46-47 years. Am on oxygen 24-7. Am unable
to walk more than a few steps and am gasping for breath.
Thanks, J. W.
(CO44) Dear NV,
I am 39 years old. My father died at the age of 50 - heart problems, in part
brought on by smoking. My mother died at the age of 65 following a lung
transplant - COPD and emphysema brought on by smoking.
My father-in-law died at the age of 70 - heart problems brought on, in part by
smoking. My mother-in-law is currently locked in mortal battle with lung cancer
- smoking induced.
My three kids never met my dad. The oldest does not remember my father-in-law.
While the two older ones will remember my mom, our youngest (age 4) probably
will not. And odds are she will not remember my mother-in-law. My kids are
growing up without grandparents, and all the pleasure, learning and love they could have shared. And all of these grandparents have had
their health fail and/or have died JUST when their own kids were launched and
they could begin to enjoy the fruits of their life labors.
Smoking has robbed our family of one of its greatest assets - our elders. And
our elders have been robbed of their greatest gift - life. And in each of these
beautiful people's deaths there is no victory, no closure, no comfort.
(CO51) From San Jose California
I was a pack-and-a-half a day smoker of Parliaments for 30 years.
Now I live each day in a battle for survival, hooked up to supplemental oxygen
tank around the clock. The last 9 years have thrown me into the fight of my
life... with emphysema, chronic bronchitis and asthma, all caused by the years
COPD is a debilitating series of diseases of the lung and respiratory system
that rob its victims of any chance of maintaining quality of life. Each day we
face terrible fatigue, frightening shortness of breath, embarrassing and
uncontrollable coughing, and gradual erosion of our physical abilities and
self-esteem. It is an illness that is progressive, and for which there is no
Our lives as patients of chronic illnesses caused by smoking are filled
with constant compromises and a sense of mourning for our bodies and what we have lost. We fight depression, exhaustion and a conscious
knowledge that we are afflicted with a compromised immune system, vulnerable to any virus or cold germ that may come along. Any of these
casual exposures may turn into a severe lung infection and/or pneumonia at the drop of a hat. So we are consistently faced with and reminded of
My name is Vicky and I am writing to you about my Mother!
She started smoking when she was 11 yrs old.....Back when she had to roll her own Prince Albert! She smoked for 40 years and has been quit
now for 3 years thank the Lord! She has Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and is dying at age 54.....She will be 55 in March, is on oxygen
24 hrs a day, lives on antibiotics, and can't even walk to the bathroom without hassling for breath! They gave her 2 years in Oct 96 without a
Lung Transplant and she has opted not to have a transplant done!
I feel that ANYONE that smokes in the presence of children are
committing a FELONY! We are always screaming about Child Abuse but what is
smoking in a closed up car or room with a small child if it's not
Child Abuse! - Vicky
(CO72) I started smoking when I was 17. I remember thinking that it looked really
cool smoking with my long black gloves on for prom. When I was 18, I was smoking
close to a pack a day. I have continued that habit for 10 years. I always
thought that I could quit whenever I wanted to. WRONG! That is a big, fat lie
that I would tell myself so that I could smoke another day. I haven't smoked for
2 days now. I lie awake at night, I cry, I'm irritable and nasty to be around. I
won't give up this time though. I hear a little voice telling me "Just one
won't hurt...you've gone this long you can do it again later". BUT, I will
Someone paid me a compliment yesterday about my perfume. I smiled and
couldn't believe it. Nobody comments on my perfume. Perhaps it is because they
couldn't smell it before. That one small comment has kept me going. I'll be
damned if I'm going to have lung cancer, emphysema, etc...
Perhaps it is too late already but I hope not. I'm going to make it this
time. I wish that I had never started. K. S.
(CO32) This is my story of how nicotine has affected me and my
Almost every member in my family has died and the cause of their death has been
from cancer. Everyone with the exception of my grandmother got cancer from
smoking cigarettes. My mother has smoked all of her life and her voice has been
really hoarse for the last three years. Since cancer seems to run in my family I
am very concerned for her. I tried to convince her to stop smoking but she say's
she cannot. I have tried to talk her into going to see a doctor for her voice
problem but she won't. I think she is scared to.
I also am addicted to nicotine. I have been dipping Copenhagen snuff for
about 13 years since I was in high school. I wish I had have ever started. It is
a very hard habit to break. I think what the tobacco companies are doing is a
crime, a very serious crime and it seems that when it boils down to it the
government does not care. Don't get me wrong, I know they have done a lot in the
last couple of years but it is not enough. I know the sure way that every one
could very easily quit is it was banned and made no longer.
(CO33) I am writing to you in desperation. I need help before it kills me, my mother
and millions of others. I have tried quitting before with patches, gum, cold
turkey, and I can't seem to quit. I have heard people say if you really want to
quit you can. Well I really want to quit and can't seem to. Thanks, anonymous
(CO29) I had smoked over a pack a day for over 50 years. Finally quit in Jan. 1997
but still do not feel like myself...various anxiety, depressions, etc. Heard other former smokers had similar problems on radio talk shows...am not able
to fully function. Would appreciate any further info you may have on this problem--length, aids...etc..
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