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Quit Smoking Lungs Heal
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Smoking: In long run, both are as bad. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 6 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 3 more doctor answers
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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