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Good for you: Keep this thought in mind -- you are not longer giving a financial reward to the sons-of-*****es at the tobacco companies whose vile advertising campaigns made you an addict in the first place. ...Read more
More than 46 million, nearly 21% of adults in the United States, smoke, according to a 2010 report by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Smoking rates remained constant from 2005 - 2009. Smoking kills more than 5 million people a year worldwide, accounting for 1 out of ...Read more
There are many...: 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
Mostly all GOOD ones: First of all--good for you!changes you can expect is some mild (5-10 pounds) weight gain due to the lack of nicotine (a mild metablism booster & appetite suppressant). But your breathing will begin to improve almost immediately and your sense of smell & taste will return in several weeks. Everything else is a positive change so keep going and don't ever smoke again. Ever! ...Read more
?Dangerous: Dangerous is not the best word to use, but you should simply get yourself a good examination and maybe even some testing such as a C-Xray to assure the Brown tinged mucus is not blood you are seeing in your mucus, or a bacterial infection. Great job that you stopped smoking! Now just see the Doc for an evaluation. Best wishes. ...Read more
Can you reverse arterial disease ?
I understand that you can stop it getting worse by giving up smoking etc. But can you reverse it and if so how ?
Good question: One hypothesis is that extra secretions from the goblet cells that line your airway are now interfering with your smell by obstructing the olfactory neurons. Without the smoke to interfere they produce a lot more secretions which eventually quiet down. The good news is that i would expect it to improve with time and if not get it checked out. ...Read more
Probably not: I hope not because we wouldn't want to discourage anyone from smoking cessation ;-) unless you just quit smoking and are coughing a lot, which does happen at first, then these symptoms are not likely to be related to your giving up smoking. If no better after self care for a couple weeks time then see your doctor. If you are coughing a lot then it could be due to that. ...Read more
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