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If you smoke

Quit now, while you still can. I smoked for years when younger and never suffered any ill effects. Now at 66 my life is not at all what I expected it to be. I am no longer able to enjoy the things I used to, X-Country skiing, riding my bike, walking my dog, gardening. Even bathing and getting dressed is a chore because I now have COPD. I quit smoking a few years ago, but that’s the thing about COPD, it continues to get worse even after you quit. It starts slowly, you may not even notice right away. It is an insidious disease that takes all the joy out of life and makes you miserable. My medicine is costly, hundreds of dollars every month. I’ve been hospitalized twice. Believe me, it is no picnic. So, if you smoke, quit now, before it is too late.

BARBARA KRESSLY

Loyalsock Township

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