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Will your airways clear up after quiting smoking?

Will your airways clear up after quiting smoking?

Yes, but depends: on how much damage has been done. If this is you, and you have been smoking for 15-20 years (my guess), it will take time to clear out - cough may actually increase to clear out the accumulated gunk in the airways as the little ciliated hair cells start to work again. The conventional wisdom is that things clear up in about 10 years, except the discoloration (black spots) on lungs do not go away. ...Read more

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Quitting smoking, will my lungs repair themselves over time?

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. ...Read more

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Can your body give up when you quit smoking?

Can your body give up when you quit smoking?

Smoking: If you have been smoking for a long time, it may take the body 10 years to come back to baseline state after stopping. ...Read more

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When after quitting smoking does nicotine show up on blood test?

When after quitting smoking does nicotine show up on blood test?

2-4 days: The clearance rate for nicotine from blood is between two to four days. So, if you can refrain from smoking for a week prior to the test, it is unlikely that a medical screening test would be sensitive enough to detect that you were a smoker. If you are smoker havy smoker for long time it my take longer. ...Read more

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Quit smoking march 7, 2013 after smoking for approx 12yrs. What benefits can I expect from quitting.

Quit smoking march 7, 2013 after smoking for approx 12yrs. What benefits can I expect from quitting.

Good job!: Less likely to get cardiopulmonary and neurologic disease, less likely to smoke, less likely to develop most cancers ... Also saves $$$ in the long run and if you have children, saves them lots of medical issues too. ...Read more

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Does smoking hookah show up on your ultrasound for a heart murmur and is smoking hookah bad for you ?

Does smoking hookah show up on your ultrasound for a heart murmur and is smoking hookah bad for you ?

Smoking: Breathing any kind of smoke is not healthful for the lungs. Some smoke has absorbable substances which can cause systemic trouble. ...Read more

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Is it normal to cough up blackish phlegm after you quit smoking?

Is it normal to cough up blackish phlegm after you quit smoking?

Congratulations!: Quitting smoking was one of the most important things you can do for your health so i'm very excited for you. How long ago did you stop? If it was recently, your body may still be ridding itself of the many toxins and particles you were inhaling before. If it is lasting for more than a few weeks, please see your specialist in adult care- family medicine or internal medicine. ...Read more

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Opinions on cut down method to quit smoking. Found out high risk for heart disease keep failing cold turkey reacted to meds need help quitting?

Mix with herbs: One technique that helps many is to roll your own cigs with 2/3 tobacco & 1/3 a mix of smoking herbs like mullein. Sage & sweet woodruff (search for info on smoking herbs). Then make it 1/2 & 1/2, then 1/3 tobacco & 2/3 herbs etc. Gradually reducing until you have weaned yourself off tobacco. Good luck! ...Read more

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After smoking weed, will your brain recover with time?

After smoking weed, will your brain recover with time?

With rare use yes: with chronic long ted use no. Studies have shown a decrease in neuropsych testing that is permanent with cannabis use from adolescence to the 30s with a 10% loss in IG and a decrease in the grey matter in the frontal lobes. ...Read more

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I'm 20 weeks pregnant.I completely stopped smoking cigarettes. Is the replacemet of cigarettes with the vaporizers better for the baby?

I'm 20 weeks pregnant.I completely stopped smoking cigarettes. Is the replacemet of  cigarettes with the vaporizers better for the baby?

No: Any source of nicotine, natural or vaporized, will lead to problems for the fetus. Low birthweight, premature ageing of the placenta, and excessive nervous system stimulation are all a factor. Going to vapor is better for you but your body filters out the debris and ash before cigarettes effect the baby, making both the same from his/her end. ...Read more

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How to give up teenage drinking and smoking?

How to give up teenage drinking and smoking?

Mutual support helps: Consider attending a meeting of young people in alcoholics anonymous. ...Read more

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Can your body heal after 46 years of smoking cigs? I quit november1, 2012.

Can your body heal after 46 years of smoking cigs? I quit november1, 2012.

Yes!!!: Congratulations on quitting! back in june, a study was published demonstrating that the longer one stops smoking, the better. This study also show benefit can be gained even in those who are older than 80yo. In other words, there's no age at which it's too late to quit smoking. Check out my interpretation of study at http://alvinblin.Blogspot.Com/2012/06/our-older-smokers-should-they-quit.Html. ...Read more

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How fast does your chance of getting cancer go down after quitting smoking?

How fast does your chance of getting cancer go down after quitting smoking?

Not fast enough: If some one quits after several years of smoking , due to yeasrs of exposure still they can get lung cancer but incidence may be slighly less than some one still smoking. Only conclusion is never smoke, dont get exposed to secondary smoke. ...Read more

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Still coughing 2 weeks after sinus infection/bronchitis. Trying to quit smoking. Worried/scared of copd?

Still coughing 2 weeks after sinus infection/bronchitis. Trying to quit smoking. Worried/scared of copd?

Silver linings: Sometimes it takes feeling ill to help people really get serious about quitting. If so, it's doing you a favor. 34 is not too old to have the changes you make be very significant - you should be able to avoid COPD (a good choice!) Worry may not be needed and once it motivates you - send it packing! Two weeks is still w/in normal range for healing, but see your Dr. if it goes on. Get a Star! ...Read more

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My friend quit smoking meth 2 months before giving birth and only used meth 3 or 4 times during her pregnancy, will it show up in her baby if they test?

My friend quit smoking meth 2 months before giving birth and only used meth 3 or 4 times during her pregnancy, will it show up in her baby if they test?

Can show up in poo: If they suspect drug use & send the meconium ( the first black tarry stools) meth use during the previous several months will show positive on testing. If she ha cleaned up her act & doesn't show up on a child services watch list, they may see no reason to test. ...Read more

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Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Husband quit drinking alcohol a month ago and skin itches, keeps him up at night even when taking antihistamine. Related to quitting drinking?

Not expected.: Alcohol usually worsens itching unless one has drunk oneself into a semi-stupor. Not all itching is induced by histamine and thus it may not work at all. Dry skin is the most common cause for itching without a rash, consider applying a moisturizer <3 mins after bathing to see if this helps. Make sure that no new medication or supplement was introduced shortly before the onset of itching. ...Read more