Kristy is a truck driver who smoked heavily to pass time. She eventually quit for good after her lung collapsed. Created: 1/20/2016 by Office on Smoking and Health, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion.
Date Released: 1/20/2016. Series Name: Smoking and Tobacco Use.
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[Kristy] I’m Kristy. I’m a truck driver and I’m on the road a lot. I used to pass the time in my truck smoking cigarettes. But then I got that smoker’s cough, and I had severe shortness of breath. And I knew I had to quit.
First I tried e-cigarettes as a way to cut back. I thought cutting down might be enough. And while I smoked less, I never did stop smoking regular cigarettes completely.
But then my lung collapsed. And the doctors had to glue my lung to my chest to keep it from collapsing again. I was only 33 years old. That’s when I really quit smoking.
Now, when I’m on the road, I pass the time eating sunflower seeds. My tip is, if you don’t want to have your chest cut open, don’t just cut down on cigarettes. Quit completely.
[Announcer 2] Smoking even a few cigarettes a day is dangerous. You can quit. For free help, call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
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