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#1 jefa

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Posted 11 February 2008 - 10:56 PM

From our Preventive Care for Pulmonary Involvement page

It is extremely important for Scleroderma patients to avoid smoking due to the risk of Pulmonary Fibrosis and also because smoking worsens the Scleroderma circulation problems, which can lead to more rapid disease progression and also increase the risk of amputations. Also avoid inhaling smoke from such sources as fireplaces and barbecues.

Tobacco smoking and autoimmune rheumatic diseases. Smoking affects both the course and the outcome of rheumatic diseases. (PubMed) Nat Clin Pract Rheumatol. 2007 Dec;3(12):707-15. (Also see: Raynaud's)

Some Smokers Have Genetic Predisposition To Develop COPD, Research Shows. The genetic variant studied seemed harmless on its own, but when someone has this variant, there is more of an adverse effect of smoking on lung function. Therefore, in combination with smoking, this genetic variant represents a risk factor for COPD. ScienceDaily. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. 07/13/07.

Risk factors for lung cancer in patients with scleroderma: A nested case-control study. Patients with scleroderma who smoke are 7 times more likely to develop lung cancer than non- smokers. PubMed. Ann rheumatologist Dis. 2006 Sep 19. (Also see: Scleroderma and Cancer)

Smoking Cessation Support. Includes quit smoking action plan. American Lung Association.


SmokeNoMore Support Program Online free support group for learning how to live a smoke-free life. Requires daily contact with the 90-day program. COPD Support, Inc.

Smoking Cessation. About.com
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#2 aniwallar

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 12:23 PM

Thanks for the info Jefa. I have been smoking for a very long time. Although I know I have to quit more than anyone else, I find it extremenly hard.
I started with zyban and it made me very ansxious and gave me bad headhaches. I got very scared after reading the info. I'm starting again today.
Wish me luck.

Ani

#3 Shelley Ensz

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 02:59 PM

Congratulations on starting again today to breathe only fresh, clean, healthful air, Ani. You can do it -- but be sure to plug into the online and/or community smokers support groups for help, as well.

I quit a few hundred times before it actually "took" long term. So I think the real secret is to never ever give up quitting, until you discover what truly motivates you.

For me that didn't have anything at all to do with health or logic. I loved cigarettes and everything about them, as I was properly addicted. And I could not quit for myself or my own health. However, I was able to quit for others. And my episode that "took" was when I decided that if I did not have a single puff ("just one puff" was my perennial downfall) for 3 weeks, then I could get a kitten from the humane society.

And if, after that, I ever took a single puff, I would have to send the cat back to the humane society. Where the cat could possibly, maybe even probably, be euthanized.

Boy, did that motivate me. I couldn't see being so extremely selfish that I could deprive a kitten of a loving home or a long life, either. Every time I thought of "just one puff", my brain would revert to thinking, No, I can't let a kitten be deprived or die for just one stupid, selfish puff.

And when I got the kitten, the very few times I thought of taking a puff, I would instantly picture a dead cat! There's no way I could even go there so my thoughts never progressed to figuring out where/how I was going to just sneak one more little harmless puff...just one...

So try to get in touch with what really motivates you, and if it's not within yourself, look outside of yourself, and be very specific about it, creating a visual and emotional reason to see you through the truly inevitable temptations. And keep on seeking it, until you find it.
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Posted 12 February 2008 - 04:07 PM

Wow Shelley, congratulations to you too, talk about great motivation techniques and great advice!!

I agree, it is really hard to quit. I also quit many years ago and you really have to be ready mentally as well to get there, as Shelley said, try to find your focus. You can quit too Ani, just try to take it one step at a time! I always kept those chewy white mints around and popped one of those in my mouth in the beginning whenever I had the craving to light up....good luck!
Sending good wishes your way!

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Posted 12 February 2008 - 10:07 PM

No smoking unless you are set on fire... or you're just that sexy!
And if you're on oxygen... oh man that could lead to explosions.
Please no fireworks on my behalf.

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Posted 13 February 2008 - 11:47 AM

gd luck to u guys I dont smoke personally, but know how hard it is to stop, :mellow: jaxsx
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#7 aniwallar

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 01:17 PM

I love Shelley's motivation. I'm going to have one fpr myself. Really, I'm going to try harder this time.
I have been complainning about shortness of breath to my doctor and they think it's my smoking. Somehow I don't think it is only the cigarrettes. I need to show them that they need to look more into my lungs to find out what is going on.

Ani

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Posted 14 February 2008 - 03:58 PM

Then I just have to say this....here's my silly cheer to nudge you....go Ani go, do it now, just do it!! :D ....wishing you mountains of good luck to get where you want to be! ;)
Sending good wishes your way!