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Joyce-ON
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Canada
11 Posts

Posted - Mar 29 2007 :  5:21:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

According to the American Cancer Society, these are the changes that take place in your body when you stop smoking.


WITHIN 20 MINUTES
Body temperature of feet and hands increase to normal
Pulse rate drops to normal rate
Blood pressure drops to normal

AFTER 12 HOURS
Pulse rate will slow and skin temperature increases
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
Carbon Monoxide level in blood drops to normal

AFTER 24 HOURS
Chance of heart attack decreases due to improved cardiac function and circulation
Fine motor coordination will improve

AFTER 48 HOURS
Nerve endings start regrowing, therefore ability to smell and taste is enhanced

AFTER 72 HOURS
Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
Lung capacity increases

WITHIN 2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS
Circulation, stamina and walking improves

1 TO 9 MONTHS
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease
Cilia re-generates in lungs increasing ability to reduce infection.
Energy increases

1 YEAR
Risk of heart disease decreases 90%
Heart will have returned to nearly normal condition

10 TO 15 YEARS
Risk of lung, tongue and throat cancer will be roughly the same as if you had never smoked.

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Susie In MN
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USA
1 Posts

Posted - May 29 2007 :  09:43:33 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There are many benefits to quitting, but not all above apply to us with COPD. I quit for a year and a half and only noticed a little difference, in fact...I was diagnosed with COPD after my 1 year anniver.

I started smoking again and have just quit again. I'm going on 4 weeks into my quit and I've noticed that my breathing hasn't changed. I know that smoking contributed to my COPD, but I've had bronchitis since the day I was born. Or so it seems.

No doubt, smoking is bad for you and never smoking is best. Quitting isn't easy, but it's something your life depends on doing when you have COPD.

Susie in MN

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Joyce-ON
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Canada
11 Posts

Posted - May 29 2007 :  11:27:03 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Susan,
I agree with you that smoking isn't the only thing that causes COPD. However, 90% of people who have it, are either smokers or were smokers.
I applaud you for quitting smoking again. That's wonderful!
When I was dx'd I also quit, but lucky for me I was able to join the SmokeNoMore program that we offer free here.
I don't think I could have stayed quit without the support of other COPD'ers who were also wanting to quit and stay quit.
If you feel you want support to stay smoke free, you can apply by going to http://www.copd-support.com/
There is a list of various programs we offer on the left side of the main page.
You will see a link to the SmokeNoMore program and can apply, if you so wish.
Good luck with your quit and congratulations!
Joyce

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nolungs4me
Member

USA
26 Posts

Posted - Apr 03 2008 :  2:34:16 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I need help so badly.My emphysema is so very bad and I am still smoking 6-9 smokes a day and I am getting some horrible thoughts.I am fraid that my heart will stop beating and I go into a full blown panic attack.I really do want to stop,then what happens,I reach for another cig.Please,anyone,what can I do to stop smoking?

Rod

Edited by - nolungs4me on Apr 07 2008 2:37:14 PM
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Dave-OH
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USA
3893 Posts

Posted - Apr 04 2008 :  6:13:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Until you stop smoking you will not get better. There are many stop programs including this one. It is time for you to take ownership of your cure.

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nolungs4me
Member

USA
26 Posts

Posted - Apr 17 2008 :  1:28:08 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I have just reached the summit of Mt. Nonsmoker. I have not smoked ince 10:30 Saturday night. I also wish to thank my loving wife Wendy,she also has quit nd for her to go cold turkey,is a tremendous achievement. I do not understand why I recieved a forum cacellation.Is it me or is it a whole group closure?Anyhow,I am not going to let it turn my mindfreak around.

Well,you all take good care of yourselves,
Rod & Wendy O
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Dave-OH
Administrator

USA
3893 Posts

Posted - Apr 17 2008 :  5:11:28 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The forum is not going anywhere - but you where warned about your postings.

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Carolyn-Mi
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605 Posts

Posted - Apr 18 2008 :  07:57:52 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by nolungs4me

I do not understand why I received a forum cancellation.Is it me or is it a whole group closure?Anyhow,I am not going to let it turn my mindfreak around.


Hi Rod,

The Cancellation you received was from our e-mail list as I explained to Wendy. You can only stay on the beginners list for 90 days and you were given 2 chances to select a graduate list. When we received no response from you, we had no choice but to cancel you from the e-mail list.

You still can sign back up and get the daily e-mails by writing to management@copd-support.com and letting us know which list you would like to belong to.

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stef
Rookie

New Zealand
1 Posts

Posted - May 04 2008 :  02:03:46 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Joyce-ON


According to the American Cancer Society, these are the changes that take place in your body when you stop smoking.


WITHIN 20 MINUTES
Body temperature of feet and hands increase to normal
Pulse rate drops to normal rate
Blood pressure drops to normal

AFTER 12 HOURS
Pulse rate will slow and skin temperature increases
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
Carbon Monoxide level in blood drops to normal

AFTER 24 HOURS
Chance of heart attack decreases due to improved cardiac function and circulation
Fine motor coordination will improve

AFTER 48 HOURS
Nerve endings start regrowing, therefore ability to smell and taste is enhanced

AFTER 72 HOURS
Bronchial tubes relax, making breathing easier
Lung capacity increases

WITHIN 2 WEEKS TO 3 MONTHS
Circulation, stamina and walking improves

1 TO 9 MONTHS
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue and shortness of breath decrease
Cilia re-generates in lungs increasing ability to reduce infection.
Energy increases

1 YEAR
Risk of heart disease decreases 90%
Heart will have returned to nearly normal condition

10 TO 15 YEARS
Risk of lung, tongue and throat cancer will be roughly the same as if you had never smoked.


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Rere
Rookie

USA
1 Posts

Posted - Aug 07 2009 :  4:37:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Susie, I am new here and just want to say, I've been on Chantix for 3 weeks now, and I haven't had a cigarette in the past two weeks. The first week I smoked half pack a day, instead of one pack a day. I am so pleased with this medication and myself!...I can't believe I was actually able to stop, since I have smoked for the past 50 years!!! Once in a while, I 'think' of a cig, but the thought leaves my head right away. I wish you luck, keep up the good work. Re


quote:
Originally posted by Susie In MN

There are many benefits to quitting, but not all above apply to us with COPD. I quit for a year and a half and only noticed a little difference, in fact...I was diagnosed with COPD after my 1 year anniver.

I started smoking again and have just quit again. I'm going on 4 weeks into my quit and I've noticed that my breathing hasn't changed. I know that smoking contributed to my COPD, but I've had bronchitis since the day I was born. Or so it seems.

No doubt, smoking is bad for you and never smoking is best. Quitting isn't easy, but it's something your life depends on doing when you have COPD.

Susie in MN


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