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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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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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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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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

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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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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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Does emphysema progress even if you quit smoking?

Does emphysema progress even if you quit smoking?

Yes: The rate of progression varies by individual, but the process of destruction does slow down with smoking. In some back to levels that would be present if the patient never smoked, in others just at a slower rate. At present, the biological mechanism that leads to emphysema eludes us. ...Read more

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Will smoking marijuanna stop a fractured bone from healing?

Will smoking marijuanna stop a fractured bone from healing?

Good question: Really the evidence isn't there on this yet, but it appears that the nicotine is really what slows bone healing. ...Read more

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

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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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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Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Can you cure COPD by quitting smoking?

Sorry no: COPD by definition is irreversible. But by quitting smoking, you, can certainly reduce the progression and your long term prognosis. Never too late to quit! ...Read more

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Could emphysema and COPD continue to progress after you stop smoking for 40 years?

Could emphysema and COPD continue to progress after you stop smoking for 40 years?

Usually not, but...: Once you stop smoking, the destruction from the smoking stops. But, the decline in lung function does not. Everyone loses lung function with aging. But those who have COPD may lose that function at a faster rate, even if they stop smoking. Does that mean they should continue to smoke? No! ...Read more

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I quit smoking but will the lung impairment be permanent?

I quit smoking but  will the lung impairment be permanent?

There are...: ...Some permanent changes; fibrosis (scarring) of the lung will not reverse, and neither will whatever emphysema is already there, but it will stop progressing. ...Read more

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Does quitting smoking really help with emphysema?

Does quitting smoking really help with emphysema?

Oh yes!: Quitting smoking is the absolutely best thing you can do. With every puff of smoke, you damage the lung more and more. When you quit, this damaging process stops. The sooner you quit, the better. ...Read more

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Does running help clear lungs when you quit smoking?

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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How to stop smoking

How to stop smoking

Topamax (topiramate) : Anthenelli et al 2008 showed topiramate produced effects on smoking cessation. Male smokers had markedly greater quit rates than female smokers and men were roughly four times more likely to quit smoking when treated with topiramate as compared to placebo. Topiramate triple effects aiding smoking abstinence, attenuating nicotine withdrawal and preventing post-cessation weight gain. Its promising. ...Read more

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Can smoking pot help my corneal transplant heal faster?

Can smoking pot help my corneal transplant heal faster?

No: Smoking marijuana will only transiently lower the pressure in the eye. It will not affect healing in any way. ...Read more

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Dr. Gregory Moneta
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...Read more


Dr. Dean Giannone
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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