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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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If I stop smoking does the black on my lungs disappear?

If I stop smoking does the black on my lungs disappear?

Yes: Each organ system in the body has a set timeline for cell death and replacement. The cells in the lungs are all replaced after about 7 years. ...Read more

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Are your lungs permantly damaged even if you stop smoking after smoking for a decade?

Are your lungs permantly damaged even if you stop smoking after smoking for a decade?

Not necessarily: It depends on what kind of damage was present before you stopped smoking, and this varies highly between smokers, based on how much they smoke, how deeply they inhale, and genetic and environmental factors as well. The lungs can completely heal after smoking cessation, although the dark pigment will not go away. If damage has been done, some healing can also occur, but isn't usually 100%. ...Read more

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I have sarcoidosis in the lungs is it serious that I stop smoking and if I don't what could happen?

I have sarcoidosis in the lungs is it serious that I stop smoking and if I don't what could happen?

Stop smoking!: Why risk worsening pulmonary fibrosis at all. Smoking will shorten your life in many ways. Having several lung issues is sheer foolishness to risk! ...Read more

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Trying to stop smoking. When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. And I want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Trying to stop smoking. When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. And I want to cough really bad. What could cause this? I am 19 years, soon to be 20

Your lungs. ..: Your lungs are trying to tell you that smoking is really bad for you. Tobacco smoking irritates the airways and often induces chronic bronchitis (aside from chronic obstructive lung disease, emphysema, and lung cancer). The question is not why it does hurt your lungs but why you want to use it? ...Read more

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I have try many way to stop smoking...what the best another way to stop smoking? I want to healthcare my lung. But I can't try stop being smoker's...

I have try many way to stop smoking...what the best another way to stop smoking? I want to healthcare my lung. But I can't try stop being smoker's...

Everyone is: Different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Peace and good health. Clinical hypnosis and self-hypnosis training can also be helpful. ...Read more

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How can someone have lung cancer and not stop smoking?

How can someone have lung cancer and not stop smoking?

Addiction: Use of tobacco is addictive. As with many other addictions, people have difficulty "kicking" the habit even in the face of risk of death. ...Read more

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How to stop smoking and how to find if I have lung cancer?

How to stop smoking and how to find if I have lung cancer?

See MD: 2nd part easier to answer; see md get examined; may need add. Tests, incl: chest xray, screening chest ct (more sensitive than cxr for small abnorm.), pulmonary function tests (check for emphysema), cardiac test (increased risk with smokers). Stoping: if cold turkey, acupuncture, hypnosis work for you-fine; meds-nicotine replacement, buproprion, varenicline-all can work, all w/poss side effects. ...Read more

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Could your lungs heal back a year after youo stop smoking?

Could your lungs heal back a year after youo stop smoking?

Yes: The lungs begin to clear themselves almost as soon as you quit, but the process can take many months, and even years. Risks of lung and heart disease return back to baseline after about 10 years following quitting. How well the lungs heal depends on how much damage was done. If someone has severe emphysema, it will not get worse, but might not get much better. Otherwise, healing is pretty good. ...Read more

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Someone told me, if I stop smoking now after 5 years my lungs will be completely healthy like someone's lungs who have never smoked. Any opinions?

Someone told me, if I stop smoking now after 5 years my lungs will be completely healthy like someone's lungs who have never smoked. Any opinions?

Unless lungs scarred: Long-time smokers who have developed chronic obstructive pulmonary disease have irreversible lung damage that will never fully heal, but not smoking will prevent progression. Someone young like you likely has no permanent damage & your lungs should fully heal, but not sure re: 5 yrs. See www. Time. Com/time/health/article/0, 8599, 1819144, 00.Html
& http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table. Html. ...Read more

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Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Can you cure lung disease if u stop smoking? I'm 41 over weight and been tested for lung disease due to lungs blocked. Dr think it's weight issue.

Life style changes!: Some damage to lungs will be reversed - some might not fully resolve but no matter what - It's a good idea to arrest any damage, fix some and prevent other problems. So do make serious efforts to stop now! Also - the same goes for maintaining a healthy weight. You need not look like a model - but having a healthy BMI will help your whole body too. Change is hard, but it can be satisfying and good! ...Read more

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When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. Is it really possible too feel pain in the lungs? I will stop smoking. Have I developed first stage lung cancer?

When I smoke it hurts in my lungs. Is it really possible too feel pain in the lungs? I will stop smoking. Have I developed first stage lung cancer?

Possible, prob. Not: Yes, it is possible to feel pain in your lungs. Your body is trying to give you a message to stop. Please listen to it! Smoking is the worst thing you can do for your health, not only increasing risk of lung & many other cancers but emphysema, heart disease, stroke & greatly accelerates aging. Unfortunately, lung cancer is usually painless. It's very unlikely you have it at your age. See comment:. ...Read more

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Is the tar pigment ever removed from ur lungs such that they turn pink again after u stop smoking (both marijuana and cigaretes)? Iv smoked for 10 years

Is the tar pigment ever removed from ur lungs such that they turn pink again after u stop smoking (both marijuana and cigaretes)? Iv smoked for 10 years

Stopping helps!: Since you're 27, and provided you don't already have lung problems from smoking, if you stop smoking for ten years, your lungs will be fine again. Hope this answer helps. ...Read more

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Stop smoking almost 2 trs ago when I exercoze my lungs hurt as I relax it goes away have asthma after I stop smoking take abuterol 4mg, singulair, advai?

Stop smoking almost 2 trs ago when I exercoze my lungs hurt as I relax it goes away have asthma after I stop smoking take abuterol 4mg, singulair, advai?

Lifestyle change: Avoid all milk products since the milk protein causes respiratory tract inflammation. Also avoid grains, lentils. Consume veggies, flesh foods, olive oil.

Getting 30 -45 min of sunshine at noon daily or taking vitamin D3 10, 000 IU/day and taking a good probiotic (not yogurt) help reduce inflammation

Yoga breathing exercises 10-30 min/day help too.

This may help avoid the need for meds ...Read more

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I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked due to either over weight or lung disease. If I stop smoking?

I have asthma, I'm over weight and smoke. Doctors are telling me I have my lungs blocked due to either over weight or lung disease. If I stop smoking?

Mgt: It is very important to stop smoking especially with your medical history. The local chapters of the American Lung Association have several resources to help you, ...Read more

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I smoked heavily for 6 years. I had a diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in June. I cut down from 3 ppd to 1/2 ppd. However, I just started rehab for IV drugs after almost dying from sepsis. Rehab says not to stop smoking now; but what about my lung issue?

I smoked heavily for 6 years. I had a diffuse alveolar hemorrhage in June. I cut down from 3 ppd to 1/2 ppd. However, I just started rehab for IV drugs after almost dying from sepsis. Rehab says not to stop smoking now; but what about my lung issue?

ECigarette: I wonder if you could successfully use eCigarettes. This would give you the nicotine which would avoid that kind of withdrawal and not further damage your lower respiratory tract the way that tobacco can. Discuss this with your rehab physicians treating you now. ...Read more

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I have stop smoking almost 1 year. I have problem with my phlegm. It's thick green and comes which black stain. My chest hurt when coughing.

I have stop smoking almost 1 year. I have problem with my phlegm. It's thick green and comes which black stain. My chest hurt when coughing.

This is a question: For a medical doctor--pulmonologist, GP, even an ENT. Not smoking for a year suggests that your lungs are probably in much better shape than your symptoms suggest. An X-ray or CT might be good. You need a thorough diagnostic. ...Read more

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If I stop smoking will I shrink my barrel chest?

If I stop smoking will I shrink my barrel chest?

Barrell chest: That depends on cause of barrell chest, plus, quitting smoking is overall heathy. ...Read more

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Cant take alwayes a deep breathe after stop smoking 2 months ago. I smoked for 6 years 1 pack a day. X ray chest is ok.

Cant take alwayes a deep breathe after stop smoking 2 months ago. I smoked for 6 years 1 pack a day. X ray chest is ok.

Get check your lung: There are several factors, too few yrs smoking to developed serious disease but some people can developed lung damage earlier if exposed to other hazards as fumes, etc also a protein deficiency can predisposed to emphysema even without smoking (is a genetic disease).
Then get a lung doctor. ...Read more

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Since starting ovranette 5 months ago I have had dull chest pains. Doctor advised to stop smoking (5-10 per day). Should I get a second opinion?

Since starting ovranette 5 months ago I have had dull chest pains. Doctor advised to stop smoking (5-10 per day). Should I get a second opinion?

Follow doc oerder: Follow the instruction while you shop around to hear what you like to hear
i am sure you will get the same recommendation. ...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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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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Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Started a non smoking cessation and decided to go on vapour ecigarrettes. Will my shortness of breath from smoking stop and chest tightness?

Everyone is: Different but setting target date to stop and then stopping completely on that day can be effective. Learning some self-hypnosis can support this plan of action. Chewing gum or eating mints is useful, especially at high risk times like coffee breaks. Not smoking can make things better but you need to see doctor. Better off w/out e-cigs. Peace & health. ...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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Vitamin A can help to rebuild the lungs after smoking cessation?

Does not: Sorry have to say that Vit A does not rebuild lungs. Congratulations for stopping to smoke. Risk associated with smoking are reduced over time after smoking cessation. Most important is never to smoke again. Thanks. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a nasty smoker's cough going on. If I quit smoking for a month or two, will my lung function improve?

What do you recommend if I had a nasty smoker's cough going on. If I quit smoking for a month or two, will my lung function improve?

It will stabilize: When you quit smoking there will be stabilization of your declining lung function. It will not worsen with an accelerated rate if you did not quit. Often a smokers cough will markedly improve with time away from smoking. ...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 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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26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage ive done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

26 years old. Trying to quit smoking. At my young age, is all damage ive done to heart and lungs completely 100% reversible? Very light smoker

Yes: When you quit smoking you will enjoy reversal of all of the consequences of smoking and will find that with more energy and better breathing you will be able to exercise, enjoy a healthy diet, have better thinking and an improved mood overall. After taking this courageous step, you will find having a healthy lifestyle quite easy. Congratulations. ...Read more

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Quit smoking after 26 yrs (1/2 pack a day) never had smokers cough not coughing now... Is this bad? Should I be coughing if my lungs are clearing?

Quit smoking after 26 yrs (1/2 pack a day) never had smokers cough not coughing now... Is this bad? Should I be coughing if my lungs are clearing?

Congratulations: And stop worrying. You did a very good thing. Just as the damage was silent, the modest healing in your large airway structure will also be silent. Your lungs won't "clean themselves" by coughing, though especially if you also start exercising, the pulmonary lymph is likely to carry some of the blackness away. The whole team here is very happy for you. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?

I quit smoking 4 weeks ago today. Just now starting to feel heaviness in my chest and what feels like phlegm in lungs. Is this normal after 4 weeks?

Yes! Your lung cilia: Is trying to return to normal and 'brush' all that debris out of your lungs into your throat to cough or swallow to get it out of there! It is going to take time to do depending on how serious a smoker you were, or how many packs per day for how many years that you smoked. So, do hydrate and drink liquids to reduce the viscosity of phlegm. Cool mist humidifier & a HEPA air filter may help too. ...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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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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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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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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I quit smoking, but I'm worried that my lung is still damaged. What can I do?

Pulmonary testing: If you are concerned about the health of your lungs I advise getting pulmonary function tests. These tests can measure to see 1) how old your lungs are and 2) if they sustained any damage from smoking. Congratulations by the way; the average yearly lung loss for a smoker is between 2-3 tablespoons of lung functino whereas non smokers only loose 1 tablespoon of function per year! ...Read more

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I quit smoking 10 years ago, but was just diagnosed with copd. Will my lungs get worse?

I quit smoking 10 years ago, but was just diagnosed with copd. Will my lungs get worse?

Yes...: COPD is a slowly progressive disease that has no cure. So, over time, your condition will slowly get worse. There are treatments that will control symptoms, however, so see your doctor. Smoking cessation is important to slow disease progression so congrats on quitting! Follow your doctor's treatment plan to control your symptoms! ...Read more

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If my lungs hurt almost everyday should I go to the hospital or try to quit smoking and see if the pain goes away!?

Stop smoke, see doc: You probably know that smoking is harmful to your health, and stopping can be one of the best things to improve your health -- a present to yourself! A number of lung problems can happen from smoking - asthma, inflammation of the lung lining (pleura), as well as narrowing of arteries in the heart and blood clots. You should try to stop, and also have a doc check out your pains. ...Read more

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I quit smoking completely im just using an e cig now but after I quit IV e developed a cough is that a good sign that my lungs are clearing?

I quit smoking completely im just using an e cig now but after I quit IV e developed a cough is that a good sign that my lungs are clearing?

Yes!: Congratulations on stopping smoking. Smoking paralyzes cilia, little hair-like structures that clean the bronchial tubes with a sweeping motion. Now they're able to work ; start sweeping out the years of smoke residues that have accumulated in your lungs. The cough will decrease in coming months. See http://whyquit. Com/whyquit/a_benefits_time_table. Html
e-cigs hurt lungs too: http://bit. Ly/1ga3dkr. ...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


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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