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Doctor insights on: How Long After You Quit Smoking Do Your Lungs Heal

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How long does it take to get healthy lungs after you quit smoking?

How long does it take to get healthy lungs after you quit smoking?

Many benefits. ..: 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

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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After you quit smoking how long does it take for your lungs to fully clean up?

After you quit smoking how long does it take for your lungs to fully clean up?

Tremendous Incentive: After one year off cigarettes, your cardiac risk decreases is less than 1/2 of smoker, 5 years risk of cva decreases, 10 yrs, risk of lung cancer drops to 30 to 50% and 15 yrs, cardiac risk is same as if never smoked. Your lungs will never fully clean themselves as you say but your overall health will be greatly improved. ...Read more

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I recently quit smoking and I have already notice an improvement. How long does it take lungs to repair?

I recently quit smoking and I have already notice an improvement. How long does it take lungs to repair?

Depends: On how long and how heavy you were smoking, as well as individual susceptibility to damage, which varies considerably. Some people smoke heavily and do relatively little damage, others smoke much less and get a great deal of damage. In general, the lungs clean themselves out in 3 months or so. ...Read more

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What happens if you've quit smoking at 25 years old. About how long will your lungs take to get back to where they were?

What happens if you've quit smoking at 25 years old. About how long will your lungs take to get back to where they were?

Maybe 5-8 years: It is hard to find research on that particular issue, but there are tests that a Pulmonary Specialist can perform (FEV1, lung capacity, arterial blood gases), that could check how good your lungs currently are. For long time smokers, 10-15 years to reduce risk of lung cancer to normal population. ...Read more

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I quit smoking. I smoked for 4 years year 1=1-2 a week. Year 2&3=6-7 a day. Year 4=max of 9 a day. Can my lungs return to pink and how long can it take?

I quit smoking. I smoked for 4 years year 1=1-2 a week. Year 2&3=6-7 a day. Year 4=max of 9 a day. Can my lungs return to pink and how long can it take?

It depends: The party line is that risks from having smoked go back pretty close to baseline after 6 months tobacco free. This implies the lungs are more or less normal. This would be particularly true at your age.

I suggest that patients continue to use a nicotine replacement for at least six months particularly if it helps them feel better. ...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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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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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 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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Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Approximately how long does it take to develop lung cancer from smoking cigarrettes? Do electronic cigarrettes actually help a person quit smoking?

Why take a chance?: Cigarettes cause more than 90% of lung cancers, and more than 90% of many other cancers. Having said that, you can smoke all your life and never get cancer; you can also get lung cancer if you have never smoked a cigarette in your life. Smoking is like playing russian roulette. Electronic cigarettes help you quit, only if you are serious about quitting. ...Read more

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Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm. No chest pain. What it could be and how long cough last?

Before 6 weeks I quit smoking and occasionally coughing black or brown phelgm. No chest pain. What it could be and how long cough last?

Good sign: It is very common coughing after quitting smoking. Some people seem to cough more than usual. The cough is only temporary and might actually be a sign that your body is starting to heal and recover. Speed the process by using humidifier or vaporizer and drink plenty of fluids. Congratulations! ...Read more

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Hi, can I know the reason to why there is the feeling of tight chest and how long will it last? I have quit smoking for 2 weeks right now.

Hi, can I know the reason to why there is the feeling of tight chest and how long will it last? I have quit smoking for 2 weeks right now.

Chest tightness: Glad you quit smoking, but the chest tightness is concerning, it may be asthma, you need to have it checked, please see your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible to be in stage 2 COPD (I'm short of breath, chest pain w/breathing), when I never had any long-term cough? I'm 32, just quit smoking.

Congrats on stopping: Smoking! COPD and the symptoms you mention are very important. Please see your doc for a proper diagnosis and possible treatment. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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Can lungs function after you quit smoking?

Much better: Your lungs start to heal the day you quit smoking. Your cough will improve or disappear over 4-6 months. Black lungs can turn pink again in 3-5 years. The sooner you quit smoking the greater the benefit. ...Read more

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What's a good way to aid in healing your lungs after you quit smoking?

What's a good way to aid in healing your lungs after you quit smoking?

The body: Is a self healing "machine" all you can do is to exercise good lifestyle. That means 1. Good diet, 2. Appropriate exercise, 3. Adequate rest. 4. A passion for what appeals to you either in family, job, or hobby. ...Read more

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What are some symptoms after you quit smoking? Will you still be able to have lung cancer even after 30 years of not smoking anymore?

What are some symptoms after you quit smoking? Will you still be able to have lung cancer even after 30 years of not smoking anymore?

Will better: You will thank yourself if you are quitting smoking. You may not do it right away, but you will do it in the future. Your risk for smoking related lung cancer will decrease significantly after 30 years of quitting smoking, although there still be a minimal risk- compared to nonsmoker person. Don't think too much- please quit smoking. Smoking will not do any good to your body. ...Read more

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Can my lungs clear up after I quit smoking?

Can my lungs clear up after I quit smoking?

Yes: Although you may have a mild increase in coughing and sputum production this is realtively short-term as your lungs grow-back their cilia and develop more normal lung physiology. Much of the damage is reversible so it is never too late to quit. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 20 years ago are my lungs still damaged?

Smoking: Risk of lung cancer from smoking returns to normal after 10 years of not smoking. ...Read more

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I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

2 years: There is research that suggests being smoke free for 2 years returns much of the function. 10 months sees a major improvement. ...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

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I just quit smoking 2 days ago and my lungs hurt is that normal? My lungs hurt on and off theoughout the day

Yes: Cigarette smoke stops the hair cells lining your bronchial passages from working, and when you stop smoking they begin to work again and move up all the mucus and crud in the mucus that smoking has put there. This can increase cough and production of dark phlegm but is a sign your lungs are starting to heal. It lasts for several weeks, but eventually improves. Congrats on quitting. Stay quit! ...Read more

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I just quit smoking, and am wondering what the best techniques or medicine are to get my lungs healthy and functioning like I had never smoked?

I just quit smoking, and am wondering what the best techniques or medicine are to get my lungs healthy and functioning like I had never smoked?

Quit Smoking: Amazingly they will heal on their own. You did the best thing ever already. Get on a good exercise program, never smoke again. Great going! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black? Thanks

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black? Thanks

Don't know: It is great that you are stopping. The degree of damage depends on many factors but you can be sure there will be less damage if you, stop now. Try to focus on your improved health rather than the possible da age you have done. It will help you to keep up the good work! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

Yes--perhaps: Studies suggest that almost as soon as you stop smoking your lungs begin to clear. If you have not done permanent damage through cellular changes, you will gradually return to pre-smoking health. ...Read more

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How to improve lungs after quit smoking suggest any fruits to improve it?

All fruits/veggies: Lung health is improved by diets that rely heavily on fruits and vegetables. There are findings that especially apples and tomatoes may protect against respiratory illness, according to a study presented at the American Thoracic Society. Reasons are being considered, but uncertain. In any case, good for you! Best wishes! ...Read more

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Does running help clear lungs when you quit smoking?

Yes! Just Do It!: If you've quit tobacco, you have already begun to be healthier. Your smell and taste, your breathing and circulation get stronger. Exercise can help in several ways. First, can help combat any withdrawal symptoms - cravings, etc. - that many get after quitting. Second, exercise works to avoid cravings for high calorie foods and possible weight gain. Also, it helps improve your fitness. Get going! ...Read more

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I have recently quit smoking and would like to know how I can speed up the recovery of my lungs. Especially to remove the tar.

I have recently quit smoking and would like to know how I can speed up the recovery of my lungs. Especially to remove the tar.

Congratulations: On becoming smoke free. Many of our health issues resolve themselves naturally if we simply get out of the way. This is what you have done by freeing yourself of smoking. Your body will recover over time. Balanced diet, exercise, and rest can help this process along. Peace and good health. ...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


Dr. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

Tobacco cessation programs provide support and medical services to those seeking to stop ...Read more