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A 42-year-old member asked:

quitting smoking, will my lungs repair themselves over time?

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
Pain Management 17 years experience
No Butts : Yes, depending on the amount and length exposure (pack years = packs of cigarettes smoked daily divided by the amount of years smoked). Research has shown that lungs of x-smokers are indistinguishable from those of non-smokers 10-15 years after one has quit smoking. The body has the tendency to heal itself.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

What do the experts think, should my lungs repair themselves after quitting smoking and how long does it take?

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Dr. Allan Goldstein
Internal Medicine 56 years experience
Maybe: Depends on your age, how long you have smoked and whether you have lung disease.

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