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Long-term smokers need help

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I am a 68-year-old female smoker who has been diagnosed with emphysema.

I had my first cigarette about nine years of age, still haven’t had my last one.

My first attempt ever to stop lasted a month. Yes I felt incredible by the end of that month, but I fell off the wagon.

I have a strong circle of friends who offer me all sorts of practical and moral help to no avail.

I have often wondered if we long-term smokers, I’m talking almost 60 years here, had a facility like Alcoholics Anonymous.

We could be nurtured, counselled and cared for in our quest to be a non-smoker.

I have shopped for a quit smoking counsellor but there is none.

I went in a smoke shop for help as to what alternatives there were available: the staff is not allowed to help you.

Has there ever been a survey to ask us long-termers what we think would help us? Not to my knowledge.

We need more help.

Sandra Cantrill, Brunswick Heads

 

 

 


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