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Tips From Former Smokers- Becky’s Story

Over time, she discovered she had trouble quitting.

Becky started smoking cigarettes in 1976 as an exchange student when she was living with a host family in Germany during her junior year of high school. Becky smoked to fit in with her host family members and her friends. Over time, she discovered she had trouble quitting.

At age 45, Becky was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a serious lung disease that gradually makes it harder and harder to breathe. Becky continued to smoke after her diagnosis and was hospitalized in 2012 when she was unable to catch her breath one day while leaving work. She tried not to panic but knew she needed immediate medical help. Becky remembers waking up in the intensive care unit and facing the fight of her life.

For more information about Becky and other former smokers please click here.

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