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Hi, I have been reading messages on here off and on for quite some time and finally decided to joint today.
I keep trying to find an answer to this one question, but am not really finding any--though I think I know what the answer will be.
My husband has had COPD for approx. 3 years, first they said it was asthma, then not long after, they said he had COPD. It is getting worse as time progresses, and it's very hard to see his decline. Here's the thing, he DOES still smoke--if anyone asks, even doctors, he says he is NOT smoking. With me, when I bring up wishing he would quit and wondering how his health would be now, if he had quit when first diagnosed, he says something like, "I am not smoking cigarettes, I am smoking Cigarillos, and only take a few puffs at a time. I know I should quit, but you (me) don't understand how hard it is, and the "Cigarillo's somehow make me feel better." I have never had a smoking addiction, but I do see the strong hold it has on him.
I want him around for a long time to come, is there any way, I can "coax" him into quitting completely? I am sure even those "few puffs" each day cannot be helping. I wish I could "make" him stop, but I am sure you will all say I can't do that, that it has to come from him, but it's so hard to see him suffer.
Some days, he will be having a hard time breathing, tell me just that, and then he goes out to have a cigarette, (well, as he would correct me, cigarillo), and I try to make that point when he comes in, obviously still having a hard time, but it's like the smoking has a stronger hold on him than anything.
Thank you so much.
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