what does everyone think about smoking and cf?

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   Posted 1/4/2006 9:31 PM (GMT -7)   
has smoking made ne ones cf case worse? i been smoking for the past 4 to 6 yrs but am trying to quit now..any good ideas on how to quit? is smoking really that bad if u have cf? what if your in some sort of denial??

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   Posted 1/5/2006 4:54 AM (GMT -7)   

Smoking is never good for the lungs of a CFer. As one doctor explains to me that I know, smoking in the lungs....it's like a very very hard plaque that forms in the lungs of a smoker. With CF, this could only make it worse cause the sputum of a CFer is much like plastic at times. I had pulled very hard plastic like stuff out of my boys nose at times....yuk!. Put those two hardening things together....wow that could be bad.
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   Posted 1/6/2006 3:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Smoking is undoubtedly the worst thing you can do for your lungs. Yo9u already have CF, now youre trying to get lung cancer! Trust me, do everything possible to quit
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   Posted 1/16/2006 11:45 AM (GMT -7)   
Smoking is going to make your CF 10X worse, and remember the damage that is caused by smoking, is unfixable. Please try hard to give up. Or your going to end up having some real problems.

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   Posted 1/17/2006 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey burn not to step on any toes, but the damage done by smoking is repairable. I don't know were you got your info. I can also speak from personal experience. I smoked for 2-3 years. It will take alot of hard work and determination, but you have to quit and work at becoming as healthy and fit as possible. You will feel like a million bucks!

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   Posted 2/2/2006 1:56 AM (GMT -7)   
hi my names olivia 18 with c.f. even before i found out i had cf, i hated people who smoked i could not stand them. now that i know i have cf and know what cf alone does to you and your lungs, i differently would not put smoking on top of that. and they say smoking for an average person is not good... imagine what it is doing to you. i dont have friends that smoke and if anyone of my friends did or family memeber i would feel as if that is a smack in my face.

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   Posted 9/9/2006 6:32 PM (GMT -7)   
why would you start smoking with bad lungs? people that smoke, have no idea how blessed they are to not have CF. there also the most ignorant people in the world, most people I know smoke and Im always preaching to them, they say well I already started, there not worried about it. what I would give to there lungs, there probalby in better shape than mine

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   Posted 9/23/2006 9:04 AM (GMT -7)   
How could anyone think that smoking is not bad for someone with cf? Smoking is bad for people without cf. I cant stand to see people smoking and damaging a perfectly good set of healthy lungs. The things people take for granted!

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   Posted 9/27/2006 9:29 PM (GMT -7)   
I agree. Smoking is bad in anyone, now put that with a CFer and it can be disasterous! I mean, think of it! Smoking is said to shorten healthy peoples lives; so what do you think it would do to people whose lives may already be shortened? Maybe your asking this now cuz u have great lungs compared to other CFers, but something my doctors always tell me is that you can be very healthy, and then suddenly go down-hill like that! So you should honestly quit. It's not worth it. In fact, my Dad quit smoking when he found out about my CF when I was two. Smoking can cause irrepairable damage in anyone, and worse in us. Don't waste your lungs, or your life.

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   Posted 10/1/2006 8:53 AM (GMT -7)   
Sorry but I have to say this: THAT IS INCREDIBLY STUPID!!!!!!!! nono   BIG NONO!
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   Posted 1/26/2007 6:39 PM (GMT -7)   
did you really just ask that question? is smoking with CF really that bad? get hit by a bus and tell me if it hurts. you must be in really good health to be smoking with CF, but since your smoking it wont be long before you feel like really sick, I hope by now you already quit.

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   Posted 2/13/2007 4:58 AM (GMT -7)   
Back in the day.......Ok actually about 3 years ago, about a year before I left work, a year after I'd started.
I was smoking, just when I went out, I needed a cig. It was through my depression days, when I was rock bottom. I needed to do something to punish myself, without leaving any visable marks. It was my lungs that were really upsetting me, so it was those I felt I had to punish. and boy, did I punish them. I went from smoking nothing to smoking 20 a night. And I was going out nearly every night, and getting wasted so I could punish my liver aswell.
I wanted to die, I wanted rid of myself, and I knew how harmful smoking would be too me.
It was the most stupid thing ever,and I regret it so much. I did do what I set out to do. I harmed myself. It wasn't long before I was coughing up black/brown gunk. My lung function went from 107% FEV1 and 113% FVC to 66% for both.
It had a major impact on my lungs. I'd started getting regular 3 monthly chest infections, before taking up smoking, but now it was even worse. Now I was really struggling with my breathing, and going through a shed load of ventolin.
I still  struggle with my lung function now. It generally resides around 85%, which is a HUGE drop from what it used to be. I have a bigger problem with asthma than what I used to. Smoking really ruined my lungs, and I wish I'd never started.
It's not hard to quit. My fiance managed it in a day, and hasn't had a single smoke since. He'd been smoking for years and years. You just have to have the right attitude to it. If your there thinking, well it can't effect me that much. Trust me it CAN and most probably will. If it hasn't started to effect you yet, trust me it will one day, in a snap. I will forever regret smoking. Remember that every cig cuts 5 minutes off your life, of a normal person. PWCF have short lives to begin with, why make it even shorter?

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   Posted 2/14/2007 2:08 AM (GMT -7)   

Smoking is really really really bad for anyone but especially for someone with CF because we have to take care of our lungs. Have you tried the nicorette range (nicorette nicorette, you can beat the cigarette). Hope this helps, you could always talk to a doctor or somebody.
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   Posted 2/15/2007 11:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I smoked for a couple of years when I was 19-21... It was very easy to quit because it began to hurt so bad whenever I smoked that I couldnt get through a cigarette without coughing like mad. I DEEPLY regret ever smoking. My lungs went from fairly good to not so good and I cant help but wonder how well I would be now if I had never smoked... I probably would have a few more years than Im looking at now. Smoking sucks. You should quit... but you wont unless you want to and believe me, I know smoking is fun but it so isnt worth it. You will regret it, especially if you enjoy living and breathing.

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   Posted 3/5/2008 8:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Hey, I feel what ur going through....I just wanted to say that im not going to make you feel worse about smoking. I am in the process of quitting now, too. I started smoking because I thought, well im gonna die anyways so why not speed up the process. Now im really trying to change my mind set. My social worker said to me once, that she knew people with cf who smoked and didnt care about consequences at the time, but when your on ur death bed, u cant take it back. And you'll probably wish you could take it back. I feel your struggle.
Ally, here is your other post from the other smoking topic:
I did it too!! I've been smoking for 5 years with cf and \i am starting to feel the effects of it. I dont reommend it but its your body and your choice, just remember you cant take back damage that u do to youself.
*The other thread was 2 years old. I know this one is too, but it's good to have the topic popping up occasionally. And there are some good points to any pwcf who smoke.
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   Posted 3/6/2008 3:20 AM (GMT -7)   
I would just like too add, hurray for smoking bans!!! I know I used too smoke, but that's when I was punishing myself, and it didn't matter that I couldn't breathe.

Now that the laws just been turned in the UK, it is so much easier, and more pleasant too go for a drink or go for a meal. One thing I could never stand, was the smell of smoke while I was eating. Plus the atmophere seems too have changed too.

Hurray for public smoking bans!
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   Posted 3/6/2008 8:48 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have CF but I quit smoking last month cold turkey.I had no choice.I have COPD & was in hosp.with Pnemonia.........After 55 yrs my lungs are healing I feel better & I don't stink of cigts anymore........


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   Posted 3/8/2008 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I don't have CF either, but I am a former smoker. I quit ten years ago, and when I get allergy problems I still need medication to help loosen things up so I can cough them out. When you quit your lungs begin to heal, but they are never as healthy as if you hadn't smoked.

I used the Nicoderm patches, and was lucky to be able to quit on my first try. Even though smoking would probably make my ulcerative colitis symptoms much better, I will never smoke again. Quit now, the longer you wait the harder it will be.
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