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maniman, May 19,  2021  8:02am EST


Dear All,

I was smoking 30 plus ciggy per day and have had 2 stents implanted in my LAD 2 weeks back. It was not easy to give up smoking after returning from the CCU. Now have restricted it to 5 /day. I will kick it completely. I wanted to know if this a good start to quit in following weeks?

Many thanks.


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  • AHAModerator
    AHAModerator, May 19,  2021  10:37am EST

    Hello there!

    Thank you for reaching out to the Support Network. We hope that you find the answers you're looking for. As you wait for others to reply, I can share this link with you on 5 steps to quitting smoking and this one on Resources to Help You Quit.

    I hope those help, and I wish you luck with trying to quit. 


    AHA Moderator

  • JamesPL
    JamesPL, May 19,  2021  5:22pm EST

    Hi Maniman,

    I think any reduction is a good start! That said, you should do all that you can to quit completely. Have you talked with your cardiologist about some suggestions for doing that? I'm sure they've had other people with similar situations. I have a close friend who had multiple bypass surgery and quit smoking immediately. I know that's not easy but it's one of the best things you could do for your health. Perhaps you could substitute it with something else such as frequent walks which is also good for your heart. Again, I'd recommend a discussion with your cardiologist.

    Good luck!


  • Patricia1949
    Patricia1949, May 24,  2021  1:25pm EST

    Hello, my name is Patricia Ryan,  I smoked my entire life,  I owned restaurants,   I tried and tried to quit, but the stress got to me and  i'd start again, UNTIL I starting using

    nicorette lozenges,  I used about 8 a day,  for months, it took me a long time to finally give them up, but it worked!  I would recommend them to anybody,    You still

    get the nicotine, but not all the bad stuff.  try them please!   Its been 18 years for me.   Patricia

  • teamcorp
    teamcorp, June 9,  2021  3:08pm EST

    Hi. Good for you to have cut down and plan to quit. I smoked for 45 years and quit 6+ years ago. It was easy. I spent a month in Cardiac ICU having my aorta replaced and a large aneurism repaired. By the time I went home, the nicotine was out of my body but I felt so sick and weak, a cigarette was the last thing I desired. I'd never tried to quit all those years but I did try to reduce my smoking as a prelude to quitting a few times. It never worked. I liked smoking too much. Maybe you'll be able to quit this way but I believe as long as you have even a few cigarettes to look forward to every day, you won't give them up. I will tell you this: the benefits of quitting go way beyond the obvious - health and saving money. It's incredibly liberating not to be controlled by smoking. No more making sure you have enough packs and lighters wherever you go. No more leaving a restaraunt  to have a cigarette. The list is endless. It's a great feeling! Good luck, you can do it!!

  • Godsangel
    Godsangel, June 10,  2021  5:58am EST

    I struggle with smoking cause i enjoy it i had stent in april after 2 heart attacks.. life been stressful since been home cutting down is good start but unless your mind ready no. Ines advice will help thats just my opinion 

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