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Can lungs function after you quit smoking?

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

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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Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

Will quitting smoking cure my asthma?

Not really: Consider asthma a lifelong condition like a missing leg, only for asthma it is not as obvious and can be controlled by avoiding triggers. It is not like appendicitis where you can take it out & you are cured. Smoking is a well known trigger to lung irritation that will always aggravate asthma to some degree. Stopping may actually let you go for years between events, or just reduce their intensity. ...Read more

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Will my lungs heal after stopping smoking?

Will my lungs heal after stopping smoking?

It depends: Most of the time after six months or so the lungs basically go back to normal. Emphysema, however, represents permanent damage to the lungs. ...Read more

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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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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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When do the lungs recover from smoking cessation?

When do the lungs recover from smoking cessation?

Stopping Smoking: It is often thought that in the fifth year post cigarettes much of lung function has returned. But, this is not always the case. Any days post cigarettes are good for you. ...Read more

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Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Is smoking cigarettes equivalent to smoking weed?

Yes and no: Both do harm to the body in different ways, nicotine is implicated with cancer , weed also has implicated with cancer in a recent study an increased incidence of testicular cancer was found . In regards to addiction they both cause increase of Dopamine which happens to be the chief chemical associated with pleasure, reward and re-inforcement of a behavior. I would suggest both not be used. ...Read more

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Wheezing after quitting smoking?

Wheezing after quitting smoking?

How long after?: If you just quit smoking very recently, the wheezing can come from the resultant increase in sputum production that occurs after the bronchial tree's mucociliary elevator starts up again (long story) and as such may stop after several weeks. However, the fear would be that emphysema has already set in, and this wheeze would be permanent, then. ...Read more

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If a smoker quits smoking, could their vocal chords heal?

If a smoker quits smoking, could their vocal chords heal?

Possibly : Smoking causes changes to the larynx (voice box), some of which are reversible and some that are not. If you have changes to your vocal cords from smoking, you should be followed by an ENT doctor as some changes can turn into cancer. ...Read more

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Can electronic cigarette help to quit smoking?

Can electronic cigarette help to quit smoking?

Cigarettes but: It is not clear if e-cigarette's help you quit tobacco product dependence, or if they are even healthier for you than traditional ones (it is likely but not established fact). Patches, pills (chantix, wellbutrin), and classes have an established track record for helping smokers quit, with a success rate of up to 50% at 1 one year for combined patch/pill/class regimens. ...Read more

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Can e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

Can e-cigarettes help people quit smoking?

YES -- ABSOLUTELY: To quit smoking via VAPING you start by using whatever vaping liquid gets you to quit smoking completely, then, over time, switch away from tobacco flavored liquids to non-tobacco flavored liquids (very few experienced vapors use tobacco flavors) then switch to FLAVORLESS liquids (FLAVOR=RISK) containing only Glycerin and nicotine, and then taper-down the nicotine. Vaping glycerin only is safe. ...Read more

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How to quit smoking faster?

How to quit smoking faster?

Water: Whatever method you choose, make sure that you drink great deal of water. Drinking water will help get the nicotine out of your system, and this will help with the physiological addiction. ...Read more

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Do cigar smoking and pipe smoking also increase risk?

Do cigar smoking and pipe smoking also increase risk?

Yes: Cigar and pipe smoking, even if you do not inhale, still increase the risk of cancer, particularly head and neck cancer, which includes mouth, tongue etc. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking cigars?

Absolutely: People think that since cigar smokers rarely "inhale" smoke, that they do not have the same lung cancer risk as cigarette smokers. This thinking is not correct. Here is a study that shows the link between cigar smoking and lung cancer: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmed/20162568 all tobacco use can be hazardous to your health; please be careful. ...Read more

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Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Can you get lung cancer from smoking tobacco / nicotine free herbal cigarettes?

Yes: Smoke is an irritant to the lining of the lungs, causing the body to react and "defend" against the irritation and try to remove the smoke particles. Some smoke compounds are known to cause cells to become cancerous. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause hyperinflated lungs?

Can smoking cause hyperinflated lungs?

Yes: Smoking can lead on to develop emphysema, which causes hyperinflation sec to airtrapping. ...Read more

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Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Does pipe smoking lead to lung cancer?

Yes, tobacco use in: Any form increases the risk of cancer. The risk of lung cancer in pipe smokers is not as high as in cigarette smokers, but is higher than in non-smokers. See this site for more info. http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/lung/basic_info/risk_factors.htm. ...Read more

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How much time our lungs take to heal ashes from our lungs after smoking one cigerate?

Immediately: There is no evidence that a single cigarette would do any detectable damage. Even after brief periods of heavy smoking, the lungs will recover (and there are no "ashes" in our lungs) within several weeks to months. Heavy smokers may take years to fully heal, and underlying damage (scarring, emphysema) do not ever heal completely. Most estimate that it takes 10 years after quitting to get normal. ...Read more

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How to quit smoke?

Persistence: Read kelly mcgonigal's book the will power instinct , 2012. You will find how your efforts get derailed and helpful solutions. By increasing will power your inner wise woman will help you align your behavior with your long term goal to improve health by smoke cessation. Be sure to eat healthy, get a good night sleep, move through the day, and destress. ...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. Dean Giannone
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Tobacco Cessation (Definition)

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