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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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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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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

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How long should your lungs take to recover from smoking?

How long should your lungs take to recover from smoking?

Some quick some slow: Many of the benefits of quitting smoking can be felt in the first my understanding is that it takes about 7 years for all the cells in the lungs to be replaced with new ones. You should consult your doctor to assess any specific concerns or symptoms and follow any diagnostic recommendations offered (tests etc). ...Read more

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How long after you quit smoking can you feel the benefit?

How long after you quit smoking can you feel the benefit?

Soon: You will be able to breathe better in only a few weeks. Conditions will improve over the years and after 10 years your lungs will have recovered to those of a non-smoker , assuming you have not damaged them from prolonged smoking. ...Read more

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How much time will it take for my lungs to heal from smoking weed?

How much time will it take for my lungs to heal from smoking weed?

Depends: On how much you smoked and for how long, but in general marijuana smoke is nowhere near as toxic to the lungs as tobacco smoke is, despite the old wive's tales of "one joint=pack of cigarettes." studies of occasional marijuana smokers have shown little or no changes in lung function studies. Very heavy smoking however may cause bronchitis, emphysema and cancer. ...Read more

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How much time after smoking weed will it take for my lungs to recover for sports?

How much time after smoking weed will it take for my lungs to recover for sports?

Depends: On how much you smoked and for how long, but in general marijuana smoke is nowhere near as toxic to the lungs as tobacco smoke is, despite the old wive's tales of "one joint=pack of cigarettes." studies of occasional marijuana smokers have shown little or no changes in lung function studies. Very heavy smoking however may cause bronchitis, emphysema and cancer. I am not aware of any data on this. ...Read more

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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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How long does it take before cigarette smoking to give you lung cancer?

How long does it take before cigarette smoking to give you lung cancer?

Wish we knew: The medical community wishes we knew the answer to this question. It's not as simple as #of years smoking=risk of cancer. There are other factors related to contracting cancer - genetic disposition and other "triggers". If you're currently smoking, the sooner you quit - the better! that we know for sure. Good luck! ...Read more

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How do you quit smoking after a long time?

How do you quit smoking after a long time?

Whatever works 4 you: There are many short and long term benefits from quitting smoking. In addition to nicotine substitutes and certain medications, changing your habit patterns around triggers to smoke can be challenging. Getting support from friends, family, co-workers and community resources are all helpful. Understanding why you smoke can help you find better choices to redirect those urges. Good luck! ...Read more

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How much time will it take for lungs to repair after smoking?

How much time will it take for lungs to repair after smoking?

Depends on how long: and it depends on how much damage is already done. If there is chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema (COPD), smoking cessation will allow a little bit of healing but, more importantly, NOT DOING MORE DAMAGE. If it is milder, complete healing may occur. It takes years for things to get back to normal. The black coloring in lungs (anthracosis) will not change, but doesn't effect function. ...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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How long does it take for nicotine to be out of your system, after u quit smoking?

How long does it take for nicotine to be out of your system, after u quit smoking?

Better question:: The more pragmatic question is whether you will benefit from ongoing nicotine replacement. About a third of patients who are tobacco dependent will live longer if they are maintained on nicotine replacement. Serum cotinine levels are the most accurate predictor but clinically if one has or had a history of craving for a cigarette within the first 1/2 hour of awakening - consider replacement. ...Read more

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Do your lungs ever go back to normal after smoking? How much time would it take?

Do your lungs ever go back to normal after smoking? How much time would it take?

Yes: but it depends on how much damage is already done. If there is chronic bronchitis and/or emphysema (COPD), smoking cessation will allow a little bit of healing but, more importantly, NOT DOING MORE DAMAGE. If it is milder, complete healing may occur. It takes years for things to get back to normal. The black coloring in lungs (anthracosis) will not change, but doesn't effect function. ...Read more

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What to do if i quit smoking, how long will it take me to start feeling better?

What to do if i quit smoking, how long will it take me to start feeling better?

Some quick some slow: Kudos for quitting! nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Some things should feel better quickly, like waking up easier, tasting food, even clearer thinking. Cravings may last a while, but most major withdrawal is only 3-5 days. Get support from a group or class, search 4 nicotine anonymous mtgs. Most cravings are 3-5 mins. Distract yrself when they come however you can. ...Read more

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How long does it take for the toxins to leave your body after you smoke marijuana?

How long does it take for the toxins to leave your body after you smoke marijuana?

Weeks: The effects of smoking marijuana fade quickly, but the drug, known affectionately as "weed, " can be detected in the body for weeks and sometimes longer. How long it remains in the system depends on how often or how much marijuana the user has been smoking. ...Read more

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When after you quit smoking do you start to recover?

When after you quit smoking do you start to recover?

Some quick some slow: If u quit, good 4 u! nicotine is one of the most addictive drugs on the planet. Some things should feel better quickly, like waking up easier, tasting food, even clearer thinking. Cravings may last a while, but most major withdrawal is only 3-5 days. Get support from a group or class, search 4 nicotine anonymous mtgs. Most cravings are 3-5 mins. Distract yourself when they come however you can. ...Read more

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How long does it take for cotinine to leave blood and urine after you quit smoking?

How long does it take for cotinine to leave blood and urine after you quit smoking?

Cotinine test: This will depend on which test they are using so ask the tester. Do no chew or dip as this will show up as well. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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?

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

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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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 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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I quit smoking 1yr ago I wake up time to time with lung pain, making it painful to yawn or take deep breathes, why would that be?

I quit smoking 1yr ago I wake up time to time with lung pain, making it painful to yawn or take deep breathes, why would that be?

Not from quitting: Short-term after quitting, some do suffer congestion that seems paradoxical - but a year is too far back to think it's from quitting. Rather, it seems good that you've quit since any respiratory illness would be much worse if not. It can be a cold or flu symptom, bronchitis, asthma, etc. See your doctor for exam and possibly lab work. They'll congratulate you on quitting and treat you nicely. ...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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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?

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?

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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?

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. Dont think too much- please quit smoking. Smoking will not do any good to your body. ...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


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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

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