my name is kevin, and i've been smoking for 35 years. i found out today that i have emphysema. when i got back from the doctor's office, i went online to see what i could find out about emphysema, and ended up here (the american lung association's "freedom from smoking" program online).
every time i've had "just one" after being smoke-free for a period of time, i've gone back to smoking a pack a day in a day or two. so i guess my challenge is "staying quit".
i've quit smoking a number of times (the longest time for nearly three years after going through a program called "smokenders" back in the 80s), but, apparently like a lot of people on this board, i've been foolish enough to think that i could smoke "just one" or "occasionally"...
wrong. every time i've had "just one" after being smoke-free for a period of time, i've gone back to smoking a pack a day in a day or two. so i guess my challenge is "staying quit".
before leaving my doctor's office this morning, i asked him to put me on zyban (i have a friend at work that used it to successfully quit smoking recently) and he wrote me a prescription for it.
i intend to become a non-smoker again a week from today. the zyban should help with the physical part of this, but, as everyone who's ever quit knows, that's just the tip of the iceberg. i'm hoping this program will help me find ways of coping with the rest of it.