Former Smoker

I smoked 1-2 packs of cigarettes a day on average for 40+ years! I am now starting my 5th year smoke free! Best thing I did was to take Chantix! And I don't miss cigarettes at all and it doesn't seem to bother me to be around people that do smoke!

Despite quitting, each day is still a struggle

I still get the cravings, but it passes as quickly as it comes! That being said, I have to say every day is a struggle for me! Biggest thing that affects me is weather - wind and cold will literally take my breath away and humidity greater than 70% is tough to deal with as well! And of course there is the weight gain you have to deal with,! I went from 166 lbs to 210 lbs!

Nothing will slow me down

But I'm still working as a self employed long haul trucker! And I don't plan on letting this slow me down! As far as medication, I have 2 inhalers that I use every day! I'm doctoring with 2 drs, one is my primary care provider and the other is my lung doctor that I see yearly for now!

By providing your email address, you are agreeing to our privacy policy. We never sell or share your email address.

More on this topic

This article represents the opinions, thoughts, and experiences of the author; none of this content has been paid for by any advertiser. The COPD.net team does not recommend or endorse any products or treatments discussed herein. Learn more about how we maintain editorial integrity here.

Join the conversation

or create an account to comment.