"I gave up 7 years ago. One of my reasons was that I had a very bad dose of the flu and couldn't breathe. I knew giving the cigs away would help. For me, quitting was something I could do to improve my health for myself. I convinced myself that smoking was a habit that I didn't want to have any more. I feel fantastic and look a lot younger than I am and have lovely skin. Also the cost [link to costs of smoking]! I nearly fell over when I heard someone in front of me at the supermarket paid $50 for a pack of 50 - good grief!

Fast forward to today. My mother has been diagnosed with COPD after a lifetime of being a heavy smoker. To see her now is very sad. She cannot walk more than around 10 meters before she needs to stop and catch her breath. In short, I am watching my mother die a cruel horrible slow death caused by smoking."

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