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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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How long is it supposed to it take for your body/lungs to heal after quitting smoking?

6 month: While some parts of the lungs may heal from the damage caused by smoking, much of the damage is permanent and will leave smokers (and quitters) at an increased risk for a range of health problems. ...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. Derrick Lonsdale
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Is there a way to rebuild and heal my lungs fast after quitting smoking?

Is there a way to rebuild and heal my lungs fast after quitting smoking?

Natural healing: Takes a long time if there is no permanent damage. The body is a self healing machine. The only thing you can do is attend to a good diet and lifestyle and wait for healing to occur. ...Read more

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Dr. Bret Boyle
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Dr. Allan Goldstein
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Dr. Yash Khanna
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What can I do to clear out my lungs and make them strong again after quitting smoking 6 weeks ago?

Dont Smoke and : 1congratulation that was the first step and no matter what do not start smoking again ang give your lung to heal, your lung funstion will improve by itself by30% in1 to3 months 2incorporate eexercise in your daily activities, aerobic exercises, breathing exercises, daily for30 minutes 3 proper nutrition and supplements with omega3, vitc, d may be beneficial by helping reduce inflammation good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Ricardo Dunner
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Dr. Allan Goldstein
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Dr. Bryan Levey
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After quitting smoking, are there vitamins to aid in lung repair?

After quitting smoking, are there vitamins to aid in lung repair?

Congratulations!!: Now that you have taken your first steps on the road to a healthier life, your lungs will naturally heal themselves. The best ways you can help them to do this are to continue to not smoke, to eat a good and balanced diet, to sleep well, and to begin an exercise program. The more you do for your overall health, the better able to heal your lungs will be. There are no magic pills. ...Read more

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Dr. Bahman Omrani
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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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Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction. What are the odds?

Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction. What are the odds?

Better: Quitting improves them. Work with family physician towards comprehensive wellness. It's important to understand there are numerous disease that smoking will increase risk. Per lung cancer, there are some online resources to help calculate risk: http://goo.Gl/divhj and http://goo.Gl/r9ita. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction?

Quitting smoking and lung cancer risk reduction?

Yes: Quit smoking risk of lung cancer and several other life threatening conditions go down. One's breath and clothes smell better also! think of the $$$$ /saved. ...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


Smoking (Definition)

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


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