Becky started smoking when she was a teenager, and although she tried, she found it difficult to quit. In 2012, Becky had a devastating wake-up call when she had to quit her job due to the severity of her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a serious lung disease that makes it harder and harder to breathe. In these commercials and videos, Becky tells her story.
Becky started smoking cigarettes in high school to fit in. She was a heavy smoker for many years and at age 45, Becky was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—a serious lung disease. In this ad from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers® campaign, Becky talks about her need for continuous oxygen.
Becky: It Goes With Me
Becky smoked for years and has end-stage COPD. In this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Becky talks about what her life is like now. Although she’s very grateful for the life-giving benefits of her oxygen tank, she explains that her life is very different than it was before she developed COPD.
Becky: Not What I Pictured
COPD doesn’t just affect the person who has it; it can affect the entire family. In this video from CDC’s Tips From Former Smokers campaign, Becky, a 54-year-old mom, explains that her children have had to deal with her disease since they were very young and shares how her COPD has changed their lives.
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