Patient Comments: Secondhand Smoke - Experience

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Comment from: Dee-Der, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: May 15

I am an ex-smoker. I quit two years ago after 28 years of smoking. I never had any respiratory physical problems. About 2 months ago, I went to a meeting where smoke was allowed. The smoke did not bother me until just as the meeting was over, I got up to leave, and my lungs began to tighten up on me. By the time I got to the car I developed shortness of breath, plus chest pain and began coughing. Then About 1 month ago the apartment complex where I live got a new resident who is a smoker and lives so close to me her cigarette smoke comes into my apartment. So, now every day and night I get all those same symptoms I mentioned above. I often have to wear a mask, the smell is so strong in my own apartment. All I can do is try an air purifier and if that doesn't work I'll have to move to a public housing where they don't allow smoking, but the housing is not so much to be desired. I don't want to move but my coughing and chest pain is getting worse every day plus shortness of breath episodes. I have lived here 11 years and don't want to move. Smoking is allowed here! I am running out of options if the air purifier doesn't work. My heart is fine. Cardiologist told me, so it's all related to the fact that I am now allergic to cigarette smoke after all those years I smoked. I think it is very strange and causing me serious health problems at age 77.

Comment from: grannylam, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: December 30

I was told I had secondhand smoke damage in the 90s and was put on breathing treatments which I administered to myself and have ever since. I had to quit substitute teaching because I would not be able to speak loud enough for a class to hear me. I decided to sub-teach after I retired my full time job in 2001, as I enjoyed teaching the children. Having to take breathing treatments is very time consuming and it's not fun to do.

Comment from: xsmoker, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: December 12

For those of you who have tried to quit and failed, you should know that only 3 out of 10 people who try to quit smoking actually succeed because of one very simple reason, if you overcome it you too will stop smoking right away. I tried giving up smoking on my own but to no avail, it was only until my wife turned my attention to an online video which paved my way to quit smoking. Once I understood that smoking was an addiction and not a habit I was able to change the way I look at things.

Comment from: parted, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: November 12

I live alone and go out with no one because every time I find someone to love, he or she wants to drink and/or smoke with me or else leaves me alone. Thanks a lot for the life, so to speak.

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