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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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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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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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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 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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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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How to stop smoking and how to find if I have lung cancer?

How to stop smoking and how to find if I have lung cancer?

See MD: 2nd part easier to answer; see md get examined; may need add. Tests, incl: chest xray, screening chest ct (more sensitive than cxr for small abnorm.), pulmonary function tests (check for emphysema), cardiac test (increased risk with smokers). Stoping: if cold turkey, acupuncture, hypnosis work for you-fine; meds-nicotine replacement, buproprion, varenicline-all can work, all w/poss side effects. ...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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Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Life style changes!: Some damage to lungs will be reversed - some might not fully resolve but no matter what - It's a good idea to arrest any damage, fix some and prevent other problems. So do make serious efforts to stop now! Also - the same goes for maintaining a healthy weight. You need not look like a model - but having a healthy BMI will help your whole body too. Change is hard, but it can be satisfying and good! ...Read more

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When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. Is it really possible too feel pain in the lungs? I will stop smoking. Have I developed first stage lung cancer?

When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. Is it really possible too feel pain in the lungs? I will stop smoking. Have I developed first stage lung cancer?

Possible, prob. Not: Yes, it is possible to feel pain in your lungs. Your body is trying to give you a message to stop. Please listen to it! Smoking is the worst thing you can do for your health, not only increasing risk of lung & many other cancers but emphysema, heart disease, stroke & greatly accelerates aging. Unfortunately, lung cancer is usually painless. It's very unlikely you have it at your age. See comment:. ...Read more

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Is the tar pigment ever removed from ur lungs such that they turn pink again after u stop smoking (both marijuana and cigaretes)? Iv smoked for 10 years

Is the tar pigment ever removed from ur lungs such that they turn pink again after u stop smoking (both marijuana and cigaretes)? Iv smoked for 10 years

Stopping helps!: Since you're 27, and provided you don't already have lung problems from smoking, if you stop smoking for ten years, your lungs will be fine again. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Stop smoking almost 2 trs ago when I exercoze my lungs hurt as I relax it goes away have asthma after I stop smoking take abuterol 4mg, singulair, advai?

Stop smoking almost 2 trs ago when I exercoze my lungs hurt as I relax it goes away have asthma after I stop smoking take abuterol 4mg, singulair, advai?

Lifestyle change: Avoid all milk products since the milk protein causes respiratory tract inflammation. Also avoid grains, lentils. Consume veggies, flesh foods, olive oil.

Getting 30 -45 min of sunshine at noon daily or taking vitamin D3 10, 000 IU/day and taking a good probiotic (not yogurt) help reduce inflammation

Yoga breathing exercises 10-30 min/day help too.

This may help avoid the need for meds ...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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I smoked heavily for 6 years. I had a diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in June. I cut down from 3 ppd to 1/2 ppd. However, I just started rehab for IV drugs after almost dying from sepsis. Rehab says not to stop smoking now; but what about my lung issue?

I smoked heavily for 6 years. I had a diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in June. I cut down from 3 ppd to 1/2 ppd. However, I just started rehab for IV drugs after almost dying from sepsis. Rehab says not to stop smoking now; but what about my lung issue?

ECigarette: I wonder if you could successfully use eCigarettes. This would give you the nicotine which would avoid that kind of withdrawal and not further damage your lower respiratory tract the way that tobacco can. Discuss this with your rehab physicians treating you now. ...Read more

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If I stop smoking will I shrink my barrel chest?

If I stop smoking will I shrink my barrel chest?

Barrell chest: That depends on cause of barrell chest, plus, quitting smoking is overall heathy. ...Read more

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I have stop smoking almost 1 year. I have problem with my phlegm. It's thick green and comes which black stain. My chest hurt when coughing.

I have stop smoking almost 1 year. I have problem with my phlegm. It's thick green and comes which black stain. My chest hurt when coughing.

This is a question: For a medical doctor--pulmonologist, GP, even an ENT. Not smoking for a year suggests that your lungs are probably in much better shape than your symptoms suggest. An X-ray or CT might be good. You need a thorough diagnostic. ...Read more

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Cant take alwayes a deep breathe after stop smoking 2 months ago. I smoked for 6 years 1 pack a day. X ray chest is ok.

Cant take alwayes a deep breathe after stop smoking 2 months ago. I smoked for 6 years 1 pack a day. X ray chest is ok.

Get check your lung: There are several factors, too few yrs smoking to developed serious disease but some people can developed lung damage earlier if exposed to other hazards as fumes, etc also a protein deficiency can predisposed to emphysema even without smoking (is a genetic disease).
Then get a lung doctor. ...Read more

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Since starting ovranette 5 months ago I have had dull chest pains. Doctor advised to stop smoking (5-10 per day). Should I get a second opinion?

Since starting ovranette 5 months ago I have had dull chest pains. Doctor advised to stop smoking (5-10 per day). Should I get a second opinion?

Follow doc oerder: Follow the instruction while you shop around to hear what you like to hear
i am sure you will get the same recommendation. ...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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The doctors have always said that my lungs would heal back up once I finally quit smoking and I did. Is what the doctor said not true then?

The fire is out: Now you need to rebuild. Stopping smoking is like putting out a house fire. The house is still burned, and some of it can be rebuilt. That takes months to years depending upon how you measure lung function. Some damage cannot be undone, but it can definitely be worse if you keep smoking. Congrats on accomplishing the single best thing you could to improve your short and long term health. ...Read more

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Was wondering if I quit smoking weed now will my teeth and lungs heal?

Cannabis: I don't know what your lung condition is. Tobacco is a respiratory irritant - so stopping it's use is a step in the right direction. Regarding your teeth- that really will depend on what condition they are in. ...Read more

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If I stop smoking will that help heal my copd?

If I stop smoking will that help heal my copd?

Yes: COPD is caused by the accumulated damage created by exposure of the lungs to the toxins in cigarette smoke. If smoking is stopped, no new damage occurs and some old damage can heal. However, just like with the skin, sometimes scarring is left behind which can leave permanent changes. Damage that is not yet "scarred" can often heal. The sooner the smoking stops, the better. ...Read more

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Was wondering if I stop smoking weed will my teeth/gums heal?

Was wondering if I stop smoking weed will my teeth/gums heal?

Will help a lot: Smoking will cause constriction of blood vessel in the gingiva, gingival fibrosis, root surface roughness, and ultimately insufficient tissue repair due to reduced vascularization. Stop smoking weed will definitely help your teeth and gums heal better. ...Read more

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Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

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. Not smoking can make things better but you need to see doctor. Better off w/out e-cigs. Peace & health. ...Read more

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If you stop smoking can your fallopian tubes heal and undo blockage? I have had 3 etopic pregnancies none ruptured. Have both tubes still.

If you stop smoking can your fallopian tubes heal and undo blockage? I have had 3 etopic pregnancies none ruptured. Have both tubes still.

It is Doubtful: Stopping smoking would benefit your health in many, many ways. Unfortunately, once fallopian tubes become narrowed or blocked by inflammation or scar tissue, this will probably not change just because you stopped smoking. ...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

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


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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