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I stopped smoking in1995-early retirement(voluntary) from a tyre manufacturer in the West Midlands,where I worked for 32 years in what was called the Banbury section,in 1998.
During retirement,up until 2006,walked the Lake District,North York Moors,New Forest and lastly the Quantock Hills-Somerset.No real problems except when walking up steep inclines,walked for miles with only occassional rests.2007 with no real warning,walking got extremely difficult-even on the flat-inclines were a no go.Diagnosed as C.O.P.D.-smoking was blamed for my condition,have also developed Acid reflux on top-never had indigestion in my life.Today cannot walk 100 yds.without resting due to lack of breath. :cry:
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