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Dr. Heidi Fowler
824 doctors shared insights

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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Could your lungs heal back a year after youo stop smoking?

Could your lungs heal back a year after youo stop smoking?

Yes: the lungs begin to clear themselves almost as soon as you quit, but the process can take many months, and even years. Risks of lung and heart disease return back to baseline after about 10 years following quitting. How well the lungs heal depends on how much damage was done. If someone has severe emphysema, it will not get worse, but might not get much better. Otherwise, healing is pretty good. ...Read more

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If i stop smoking does the black on my lungs disappear?

If i stop smoking does the black on my lungs disappear?

Yes: Each organ system in the body has a set timeline for cell death and replacement. The cells in the lungs are all replaced after about 7 years. ...Read more

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Someone told me, if I stop smoking now after 5 years my lungs will be completely healthy like someone's lungs who have never smoked. Any opinions?

Someone told me, if I stop smoking now after 5 years my lungs will be completely healthy like someone's lungs who have never smoked. Any opinions?

Unless lungs scarred: Long-time smokers who have developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have irreversible lung damage that will never fully heal, but not smoking will prevent progression. Someone young like you likely has no permanent damage & your lungs should fully heal, but not sure re: 5 yrs. See www.Time.Com/time/health/article/0, 8599, 1819144, 00.Html & http://whyquit.Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table.Html. ...Read more

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I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked due to either over weight or lung disease.if I stop smoking?

I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked  due to either over weight or lung disease.if I stop smoking?

Mgt: It is very important to stop smoking especially with your medical history. The local chapters of the American Lung Association have several resources to help you, ...Read more

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Are your lungs permantly damaged even if you stop smoking after smoking for a decade?

Are your lungs permantly damaged even if you stop smoking after smoking for a decade?

Not necessarily: It depends on what kind of damage was present before you stopped smoking, and this varies highly between smokers, based on how much they smoke, how deeply they inhale, and genetic and environmental factors as well. The lungs can completely heal after smoking cessation, although the dark pigment will not go away. If damage has been done, some healing can also occur, but isn't usually 100%. ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis in the lungs is it serious that i stop smoking and if i don't what could happen?

I have sarcoidosis  in the lungs is it serious that i stop smoking and if i don't what could happen?

Stop smoking!: Why risk worsening pulmonary fibrosis at all. Smoking will shorten your life in many ways. Having several lung issues is sheer foolishness to risk! ...Read more

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Trying to stop smoking. When i smoke it hurts in my lungs. And i want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Trying to stop smoking. When i smoke it hurts in my lungs. And i want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Your lungs ...: Your lungs are trying to tell you that smoking is really bad for you. Tobacco smoking irritates the airways and often induces chronic bronchitis (aside from chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, and lung cancer). The question is not why it does hurt your lungs but why you want to use it? ...Read more

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I have try many way to stop smoking...what the best another way to stop smoking? I want to healthcare my lung.. But I can't try stop being smoker's...

I have try many way to stop smoking...what the best another way to stop smoking? I want to healthcare my lung.. But I can't try stop being smoker's...

Everyone is: different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health. Clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis training can also be helpful. ...Read more

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How can someone have lung cancer and not stop smoking?

How can someone have lung cancer and not stop smoking?

Addiction: Use of tobacco is addictive. As with many other addictions, people have difficulty "kicking" the habit even in the face of risk of death. ...Read more

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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
1,095 doctors shared insights

Smoking Cessation (Definition)

Smoking any tobacco product is harmful to your baby, including "light" cigarettes, cigars (and marijuana). Like any addiction, quitting tobacco is difficult, especially if you are acting alone. Most smokers find it hard to break all the habits or ties they've built into their lives around smoking. Quitting smoking does reduce a number of ...Read more