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Hi all, I'm Sarah, 54 and I've smoked for 40 years I really want to quit but I already have a bad chesty cough and I'm thinking it could make it worse if I quit, stupid I know but I have heard it can make you worse?
Any advise or encouragement from someone who's been in the same situation would be great.
Im not a doctor but i dont think it can make your cold worse than smoking, i remember all the times i had a cold/flu in the past, last thing i wanted to do was smoke. On a side note i think that after i quit smoking first time years ago and went back to it, i never wanted to be a smoker again full time and always tried to quit. Hope you have a nice day.
I slowly got to the point where I had non stop coughing and breathing problems. I will keep this short. I am not a professional, but I 100% disagree that quitting could have any negative aspects or contribute to that problem. The absolute reverse. When I quit the improvements were rapid, very noticeable even extreme in some ways. My advice is try this. One major part of how my quit unfolded was agreeing with myself that I wasn't quitting. I just needed to stop for a day, Should not be a big deal, in fact the next day could be a better smoke, like a reward. That worked because it took away pretty much all pressure and fear. What occurred next was uncanny, is why I am in my second month. The improvement was was astonishing, in just the few hours. Bedtime was the quietest I had heard my lungs in memory. Day 2 the coughing was almost reversed to nil. The improvement was so good, that it became the strength to continue. Just try it. Don't quit. Take a day off. No muss no fuss no worry. You can smoke again tomorrow! Then tell us what happens....
I am the same age as you! I had a cold in my chest and a lot of coughing when I quit this time. Once I quit smoking, the cold got better really quickly. That is not to say that some of the coughing I did was not part of cleaning out my lungs but, normally I cough for a good month with bronchitis and quit coughing within a week this time. Try it and I think you will find yourself feeling better quickly.