YOUR PROBLEMS: Dear Miriam.
I HAVE been smoking regularly for 35 years and want to stop. I started at 15 and now have a permanent cough. I hack away in the bathroom and cough up stuff every morning.
I'm also worried about lung cancer. I tried ten years ago to give up and within three days I was puffing away again. Is there anything I can buy or get on prescription to help me this time?
YOU must stop smoking - you're already on the way to emphysema.
Just because you failed before doesn't mean you'll fail this time. Giving up smoking is one of the best things you can do for yourself.
Within 72 hours your airways relax, making it easier to breathe, and lung congestion, shortness of breath and coughing decrease.
Now that you've decided to stop, tell friends, family - everyone. That way you'll limit the number of people offering you a tempting cigarette.
Many smokers go cold turkey when they give up - but a number of aids can help.
Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) is now available on prescription and is clinically proven to be twice as effective as the cold turkey method.
NRT will ease withdrawal symptoms while you get used to not smoking. It's available in many forms allowing you to choose which will suit you best.
When you stub out your last cigarette throw away all reminders of your life as a smoker such as lighters, ashtrays, - and any remaining cigarettes. From day one, think of yourself as a non-smoker. If you weaken you can get extra support from my Quit Smoking leaflet.
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|Publication:||The Mirror (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 8, 2002|
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