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I recently quit smoking and I have already notice an improvement. How long does it take lungs to repair?

I recently quit smoking and I have already notice an improvement. How long does it take lungs to repair?

Depends: On how long and how heavy you were smoking, as well as individual susceptibility to damage, which varies considerably. Some people smoke heavily and do relatively little damage, others smoke much less and get a great deal of damage. In general, the lungs clean themselves out in 3 months or so. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Quit Smoking (Definition)

Quitting smoking is the single most important decision smokers can make to improve their health. Preparing a quit-smoking plan and enlisting support from your doctor and your loved ones can greatly improve your chances of success. Your doctor can help you decide if over-the-counter or prescription medications can help. Pick a quit day a few weeks ahead and put it on your calendar. Plan how you're going deal with situations that make you want to smoke. Take advantage of support from family, friends, and co-workers, and consider joining a smoking cessation program so that you don't ...Read more


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Can lungs function after you quit smoking?

Can lungs function after you quit smoking?

Much better: Your lungs start to heal the day you quit smoking. Your cough will improve or disappear over 4-6 months. Black lungs can turn pink again in 3-5 years. The sooner you quit smoking the greater the benefit. ...Read more

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Can my lungs clear up after I quit smoking?

Can my lungs clear up after I quit smoking?

Yes: Although you may have a mild increase in coughing and sputum production this is realtively short-term as your lungs grow-back their cilia and develop more normal lung physiology. Much of the damage is reversible so it is never too late to quit. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 20 years ago are my lungs still damaged?

Smoking: Risk of lung cancer from smoking returns to normal after 10 years of not smoking. ...Read more

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I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

2 years: There is research that suggests being smoke free for 2 years returns much of the function. 10 months sees a major improvement. ...Read more

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What happens to the tar in the lungs when you quit smoking?

What happens to the tar in the lungs when you quit smoking?

Largely lost: Some tar is tattooed onto the lungs and fades very slowly, as do skin tattoos. It's basically harmless in this form. Unlike what you've been told, most of the tar is coughed up in the few days after you inhale it, and you swallow it. The really deadly things in smoke are the small molecules that bring in lung-damaging cells and mutate genes to precancer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to get healthy lungs after you quit smoking?

How long does it take to get healthy lungs after you quit smoking?

Many benefits. ..: Benefits to giving up smoking: within 20 mins, blood pressure and heart rate decrease; within 12 hrs, carbon monoxide blood levels normalize; within 48 hrs, the sense of smell and taste start recovering; within 3 mos, circulation and lung function improve; within 9 mos, there is less coughing and shortness of breath; within 1 yr, the risk of coronary heart disease is cut in half. Need I say more? ...Read more

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After you quit smoking how long does it take for your lungs to fully clean up?

After you quit smoking how long does it take for your lungs to fully clean up?

Tremendous Incentive: After one year off cigarettes, your cardiac risk decreases is less than 1/2 of smoker, 5 years risk of cva decreases, 10 yrs, risk of lung cancer drops to 30 to 50% and 15 yrs, cardiac risk is same as if never smoked. Your lungs will never fully clean themselves as you say but your overall health will be greatly improved. ...Read more

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I just quit smoking 2 days ago and my lungs hurt is that normal? My lungs hurt on and off theoughout the day

Yes: Cigarette smoke stops the hair cells lining your bronchial passages from working, and when you stop smoking they begin to work again and move up all the mucus and crud in the mucus that smoking has put there. This can increase cough and production of dark phlegm but is a sign your lungs are starting to heal. It lasts for several weeks, but eventually improves. Congrats on quitting. Stay quit! ...Read more

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What happens if you've quit smoking at 25 years old. About how long will your lungs take to get back to where they were?

What happens if you've quit smoking at 25 years old. About how long will your lungs take to get back to where they were?

Maybe 5-8 years: It is hard to find research on that particular issue, but there are tests that a Pulmonary Specialist can perform (FEV1, lung capacity, arterial blood gases), that could check how good your lungs currently are. For long time smokers, 10-15 years to reduce risk of lung cancer to normal population. ...Read more

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I just quit smoking, and am wondering what the best techniques or medicine are to get my lungs healthy and functioning like I had never smoked?

I just quit smoking, and am wondering what the best techniques or medicine are to get my lungs healthy and functioning like I had never smoked?

Quit Smoking: Amazingly they will heal on their own. You did the best thing ever already. Get on a good exercise program, never smoke again. Great going! ...Read more

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I quit smoking. I smoked for 4 years year 1=1-2 a week. Year 2&3=6-7 a day. Year 4=max of 9 a day. Can my lungs return to pink and how long can it take?

I quit smoking. I smoked for 4 years year 1=1-2 a week. Year 2&3=6-7 a day. Year 4=max of 9 a day. Can my lungs return to pink and how long can it take?

It depends: The party line is that risks from having smoked go back pretty close to baseline after 6 months tobacco free. This implies the lungs are more or less normal. This would be particularly true at your age.

I suggest that patients continue to use a nicotine replacement for at least six months particularly if it helps them feel better. ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black? Thanks

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black? Thanks

Don't know: It is great that you are stopping. The degree of damage depends on many factors but you can be sure there will be less damage if you, stop now. Try to focus on your improved health rather than the possible da age you have done. It will help you to keep up the good work! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

Yes--perhaps: Studies suggest that almost as soon as you stop smoking your lungs begin to clear. If you have not done permanent damage through cellular changes, you will gradually return to pre-smoking health. ...Read more

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Does running help clear lungs when you quit smoking?

Yes! Just Do It!: If you've quit tobacco, you have already begun to be healthier. Your smell and taste, your breathing and circulation get stronger. Exercise can help in several ways. First, can help combat any withdrawal symptoms - cravings, etc. - that many get after quitting. Second, exercise works to avoid cravings for high calorie foods and possible weight gain. Also, it helps improve your fitness. Get going! ...Read more

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How to improve lungs after quit smoking suggest any fruits to improve it?

All fruits/veggies: Lung health is improved by diets that rely heavily on fruits and vegetables. There are findings that especially apples and tomatoes may protect against respiratory illness, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society. Reasons are being considered, but uncertain. In any case, good for you! Best wishes! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. What state are my lungs, how it looks any idea?

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. What state are my lungs, how it looks any idea?

At your age the: Damage is probably minimal, and as long as you don't start again, your lungs will likely make a full recovery. If you quit for ten years, your chances of getting lung cancer are about the same as someone's who never smoked. Your use pattern is light, which makes these predictions even more likely to come true. ...Read more

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I am 38 years old. I have smoked since I was 18 years oldand I quit smoking one day ago. Chantix helped me stop but is it too late for my lungs to heal?

I am 38 years old. I have smoked since I was 18 years oldand I quit smoking one day ago. Chantix helped me stop but is it too late for my lungs to heal?

Not too late!: Congratulations! Our bodies have a remarkable ability to heal. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables (ideally organic) will help speed the healing process. A good multivitamin may help as well. Here is a good timetable of the healing process after one quits: http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table. Html. ...Read more

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I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick. Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal?

I quit smoking for about 3 months now but I still clear/cough and I have brownish and black its thick. Is this something I should worry about or is my lungs doing what they need to do and this is normal?

A bit odd, but: If there are no other symptoms, you could give it a bit longer - but those colors do sound strange. Even many active smokers don't have that. An exam would help you not worry unnecessarily and get you a lot of congratulations for quitting. Doctors love to hear that! ...Read more

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What's a good way to aid in healing your lungs after you quit smoking?

The body: Is a self healing "machine" all you can do is to exercise good lifestyle. That means 1. Good diet, 2. Appropriate exercise, 3. Adequate rest. 4. A passion for what appeals to you either in family, job, or hobby. ...Read more

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I quit smoking, but I'm worried that my lung is still damaged. What can I do?

I quit smoking, but I'm worried that my lung is still damaged. What can I do?

Pulmonary testing: If you are concerned about the health of your lungs I advise getting pulmonary function tests. These tests can measure to see 1) how old your lungs are and 2) if they sustained any damage from smoking. Congratulations by the way; the average yearly lung loss for a smoker is between 2-3 tablespoons of lung functino whereas non smokers only loose 1 tablespoon of function per year! ...Read more

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I quit smoking 10 years ago, but was just diagnosed with copd. Will my lungs get worse?

I quit smoking 10 years ago, but was just diagnosed with copd. Will my lungs get worse?

Yes...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease that has no cure. So, over time, your condition will slowly get worse. There are treatments that will control symptoms, however, so see your doctor. Smoking cessation is important to slow disease progression so congrats on quitting! Follow your doctor's treatment plan to control your symptoms! ...Read more

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If my lungs hurt almost everyday should I go to the hospital or try to quit smoking and see if the pain goes away!?

If my lungs hurt almost everyday should I go to the hospital or try to quit smoking and see if the pain goes away!?

Stop smoke, see doc: You probably know that smoking is harmful to your health, and stopping can be one of the best things to improve your health -- a present to yourself! A number of lung problems can happen from smoking - asthma, inflammation of the lung lining (pleura), as well as narrowing of arteries in the heart and blood clots. You should try to stop, and also have a doc check out your pains. ...Read more

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I quit smoking completely im just using an e cig now but after I quit IV e developed a cough is that a good sign that my lungs are clearing?

I quit smoking completely im just using an e cig now but after I quit IV e developed a cough is that a good sign that my lungs are clearing?

Yes!: Congratulations on stopping smoking. Smoking paralyzes cilia, little hair-like structures that clean the bronchial tubes with a sweeping motion. Now they're able to work ; start sweeping out the years of smoke residues that have accumulated in your lungs. The cough will decrease in coming months. See http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table. Html
e-cigs hurt lungs too: http://bit. Ly/1ga3dkr. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

Tobacco cessation programs provide support and medical services to those seeking to stop ...Read more