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I am smoking from last 4 years if I quit smoking by now can my body recover the damage caused by it?

I am smoking from last 4 years if I quit smoking by now can my body recover the damage caused by it?

Probably: Four years of cigarette smoking typically isn't going to cause a lot of damage to your lungs or anyone else's. The problem is that four can quickly become 40 and then you'll really be sick. Stop smoking now while your lungs are still healthy. Get help from your doctor your friends or family if you need to. ...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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I smoke 6 to 10 cigarette per day from past 4 years. What are it's effect on my body? . Now I want to quit smoking so what should I do? .

I smoke 6 to 10 cigarette per day from past 4 years. What are it's effect on my body? . Now I want to quit smoking so what should I do? .

Bad effects-stop now: Smoking dramatically increases risk of heart disease, stroke, lung disease & cancer. It is probably the worst thing you can do for your health & quitting the best! Even 6-10 cigarettes/day is quite hazardous. As soon as you stop your health will start to improve. See www. Shareguide. Com/smoking. Html & http://www. Whyquit. Com/ & http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking. Htm. ...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 have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

Congratulations!: No one is safe, but you will steadily move from very unsafe (all smokers) to safer with each passing year. There is benefit in lung cancer reduction by quitting even up to 65 years of age. Best never to start. I stupidly smoked and quit @ age 33. Latest data say quit before 35, normal risk of non-smoker. ...Read more

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Even if you quit smoking weed for a great number of years, can those smoking events from the past hurt my future child?

Even if you quit smoking weed for a great number of years, can those smoking events from the past hurt my future child?

Yes: Your child of the future will be impacted by your tacit acceptance of dangerous drug use. Your risk for psychosis symptoms or actual schizophrenia is significantly increased by marijuana use, which then will impact your ability to parent well. This data have been reported in many medical journals, with near universal agreement that late effects of marijuana are significant. ...Read more

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How can I quit smoking n recovr the damage it caused from the last few years?

How can I quit smoking n recovr the damage it caused from the last few years?

Different strokes: At your age I would expect all most all of the damage is reversible. Keep at it. Ask for help.
Nicotine patches are a good starting point. Check out my handout at www. Opas. Us on this subject. ...Read more

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What would be a way to get someone to quit smoking who's been smoking for 34 years?

What would be a way to get someone to quit smoking who's been smoking for 34 years?

Smoking cessation: Difficult problem unless the patient wants to quit. It is behavior that creates tobacco addiction, like addiction to any other substance. And for that behavior to change it requires motivation by the person addicted. There are support groups who in addition to a working with a behavioral professional can assist with some medications to help smoking cessation. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 7 days ago. In the last 24 hours I've lost 9 pounds and I can't help but be petrified. I smoked for 10 years. Is this bad?

I quit smoking 7 days ago. In the last 24 hours I've lost 9 pounds and I can't help but be petrified. I smoked for 10 years. Is this bad?

No, best to quit: Agree that 9 pounds in 1 day is likely water weight and shouldn't alarm you. If you are on other medications, however, talk to your provider. Sometimes quitting smoking can change how you metabolize the medications - you may need less, or more. You should feel great about quitting after 10 years. Keep working on getting through the day without tobacco. Call 1-800-quit now if you need any coaching! ...Read more

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I'm 29 years old and smoke about 15 smokes a day I've used patches to quit but never seem to quit for long I need tips to quit smoking please?

I'm 29 years old and smoke about 15 smokes a day I've used patches to quit but never seem to quit for long I need tips to quit smoking please?

Keep at it: Addictions are chronic relapsing diseases and one has to keep at it. Typically it takes 6-7 tries. Give yourself at least six month with the patch and if you are highly dependent on nicotine based on serum cotinine levels you might benefit from a patch for the rest of your life. It's tobacco not the nicotine which is dangerous. At www. Drrotcford. Com under handouts there's a handout. ...Read more

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I'm a 40 years man, I quit smoking 12 days ago, what's your recommendations to stay healthy? And what types of Periodic examinations should I take?

I'm a 40 years man, I quit smoking 12 days ago, what's your recommendations to stay healthy? And what types of Periodic examinations should I take?

Smoking cessation: Congratulations on becoming smoke free. Keep up the good work. Staying healthy includes not smoking, eating a balanced diet of protein, fats, and carbs. Regular exercise such as brisk walking or jogging, and a good mental attitude. Please see your doctor to make sure you are healthy enough for the above and visit him/her yearly. Peace and good health. ...Read more

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How to quit smoking? I am taking 20-25 cigarette daily for the last 20 years.

Nicotine dependence: Is considered more difficult to kick than narcotic dependence. Try nictotine gum or patches, then you need group support. Acupuncture is said to help. Good luck. ...Read more

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I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

I quit smoking. How many years until my lungs are clean?

2 years: There is research that suggests being smoke free for 2 years returns much of the function. 10 months sees a major improvement. ...Read more

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I quit smoking hookah years ago, now I'm afraid that the hookah stunted my growth bc I smoked it daily from ages 16-18. Also I was a late bloomer.

I quit smoking hookah years ago, now I'm afraid that the hookah stunted my growth bc I smoked it daily from ages 16-18. Also I was a late bloomer.

Smoking: But you are still smoking! The hookah did not stunt your growth but you are not taking any measures to safeguard your health from the effects of smoking, which are far more serious than stunting growth! ...Read more

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I quit smoking, was smoking for 3 years maximum 7 cigarettes a day and not even everyday. What should I do not to have health problems. Still risk?

I quit smoking, was smoking for 3 years maximum 7 cigarettes a day and not even everyday. What should I do not to have health problems. Still risk?

Quit smoking: Congratulations! Eat a healthy food plan, no transfats, lower carbs, lots of fruits and vegetables. See your doc first and then create an exercise plan that fits your needs. Consider a personal trainer to get you started. Meditate. Enjoy family and friends. Peace and good health. High five. ...Read more

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I'm 24 and quit smoking today. When will cotinine be out of my system? And the effects of smoking reverse themselves or is it to late? Smoked 6 years

As soon as 20 minute: Look at this site from the American Lung Association

http://www. Lung. Org/stop-smoking/i-want-to-quit/benefits-of-quitting. Html

You begin to improve in 20 minutes but some things take time - 15 years to have normal cardiac risks. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 20 years ago are my lungs still damaged?

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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I want to know if I will get cancer if I quit smoking suddenly after 2 years?

I want to know if I will get cancer if I quit smoking suddenly after 2 years?

Probably not but...: The more and longer you smoke the greater your risk of cancer. If you quit after 2 years your odds of getting cancer are small and will dramatically decrease. However, if you continue to smoke your risk of cancer will increase with each cigarette you smoke.
For more details on ways to quit see http://altmedicine. About. Com/od/therapiesfromrtoz/a/quit_smoking. Htm ; www. Shareguide. Com/smoking. Html. ...Read more

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What to do if I have recently been diagnosis with COPD and I quit smoking over 10 years ago, how ironicstage 2?

What to do if I have recently been diagnosis with COPD and I quit smoking over 10 years ago, how ironicstage 2?

See you md: COPD can progress even once one quits smoking. With normal aging lung function declines, so even then someone quit smoking years later one get develope signficant copd. Also given you age of 31, I would be concerned for a condition called Alpha 1 Antitrypsin deficiancy. This is a genetic condition that can cause accelerate copd. ...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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My husband is having severe chest pains. He just quit smoking 24 hours ago. He's 33 years old & in great shape. Should I be worried?

My husband is having severe chest pains. He just quit smoking 24 hours ago. He's 33 years old & in great shape. Should I be worried?

Don't worry: But, support him. If he is more worried than you are used to - don't minimize his feelings and offer to take him to an urgent care or ER. He's not likely to be having a medical crisis - but middle aged men do have heart attacks. Again, it's not likely and would not be connected to quitting. It's more that he's having w/drawal efx and they can be hard. I'll write a breath suggestion in a comment. ...Read more

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Quit smoking 6 months ago after 25 years smoking, my spo2 does sometimes be 93% other times 96%. How long or will my breathing ever improve?

Quit smoking 6 months ago after 25 years smoking, my spo2 does sometimes be 93% other times 96%. How long or will my breathing ever improve?

Yes: This question cannot be answered accurately without knowing your physical condition. However, the longer you go without smoking or abusing your lungs in other ways the more likely that this will occur. The process is likely to be gradual and you may not notice the improvement as it happens, but you will have instances when you can see the improvement. ...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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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black? Thanks

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. How does my lungs look in degree of black? Thanks

Don't know: It is great that you are stopping. The degree of damage depends on many factors but you can be sure there will be less damage if you, stop now. Try to focus on your improved health rather than the possible da age you have done. It will help you to keep up the good work! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and year 4 max of 9 a day. I want to know if the lungs can return to pink?

Yes--perhaps: Studies suggest that almost as soon as you stop smoking your lungs begin to clear. If you have not done permanent damage through cellular changes, you will gradually return to pre-smoking health. ...Read more

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I quit smoking 10 months ago and have put on 12 kilos. I smoked for 35 years, heavily for 25 of them. How long does it take to find natural metabolism?

I quit smoking 10 months ago and have put on 12 kilos. I smoked for 35 years, heavily for 25 of them. How long does it take to find natural metabolism?

Congratualtions: Now the taste buds in your tongue are awake again and you are probably eating more. Take a holistic approach by including exercise in your life, even brisk walking 20 minutes daily. Avoid carbs and eat protein. Your body will adapt slowly over several months. Extra weight is a small price to pay for the health benefits of not smoking. Congrats again! ...Read more

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I quit smoking 8 months ago after 35 plus years and got asthma after quit I have been vaping since not much could vaping cause asthma?

I quit smoking 8 months ago after 35 plus years and got asthma after quit I have been vaping since not much could vaping cause asthma?

No one knows: I'm astounded with how prevalent vaping is becoming. We have absolutely no idea of the short or long term effects. Quitting smoking is great for your health on a number of fronts, including the cardiovascular benefit. Be honest with yourself. Do you really want to risk it? I'm your age. Time grows short... ...Read more

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I quit smoking almost 3 years but the withdrawals still occur. Often make a medical check up and all clear. Any idea to get back to normal again?

I quit smoking almost 3 years but the withdrawals still occur. Often make a medical check up and all clear. Any idea to get back to normal again?

Congratulations on: Becoming smoke free! The urges you have may be a way of distracting you from the bloating and dizziness you mention. Stay w/doc until they are resolved. Smoking and coffee drinking can be psychological permissions to be "off duty." Try to replace the urges w/a health choice such as chewing sugar free gum, drinking water, or practicing a brief meditation technique - Relaxation Response by Benson ...Read more

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17 years old been smoking for 1 year, want to quit smoking cigarettes. What can I do as an alternative without using the patch to fight cravings?

17 years old been smoking for 1 year, want to quit smoking cigarettes. What can I do as an alternative without using the patch to fight cravings?

Talk to ur doc abt: The many options available to assist with smoking cessation. Some include medication to assist with craving. Nicotine replacement gum, nicotrol (nicotine patch) inhaler, support groups, quit dates, motivational interviewing & more! Find the solution that works for you (doesn't have to be the patch) & go for it! Your whole body will thank u for it! ...Read more

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I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. What state are my lungs, how it looks any idea?

I quit smoking and smoked for 4 years. Year 1 1-2 a week, Year 2&3 4-7 a day and Year 4 max of 9 a day. What state are my lungs, how it looks any idea?

At your age the: Damage is probably minimal, and as long as you don't start again, your lungs will likely make a full recovery. If you quit for ten years, your chances of getting lung cancer are about the same as someone's who never smoked. Your use pattern is light, which makes these predictions even more likely to come true. ...Read more

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How long does it usually take for erections to come back after you quit smoking? I smoke around 5 cigarettes a day and have been smoking for 2 years

How long does it usually take for erections to come back after you quit smoking? I smoke around 5 cigarettes a day and have been smoking for 2 years

May not be related: This may not be related. You need to talk with your physician and get an evaluation. The exact cause of this may not be related to smoking, but your long-term health is benefited by your stopping the smoking. ...Read more

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Smoked on and of for 6 years but never constantly daily. Is it probable I have developed atherosclerosis? Is my aorta less flexible now? I quit smoking

Smoked on and of for 6 years but never constantly daily. Is it probable I have developed atherosclerosis? Is my aorta less flexible now? I quit smoking

No safe level: Our arteries and blood vessels are affected by aging, and more affected by our exposures and our genetics. Tobacco is the leading preventable cause of heart disease - more common than lung problems. So getting older leads to stiffer and narrower vessels. Smoking makes it go way faster. More smoking can make it worse, but less smoking doesn't always make it better. Best: stay stopped. Congrats! ...Read more

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37, Quit smoking (less than 10 pckyrs) about 2 years ago cold turkey. Now working out & eating healthy. What are future risks of probs? Worried still.

Old smoking: You made a great decision in discontinuing smoking. Your chances of having lung or heart problems are, of course, greater than a nonsmokers. At your age there is little likelihood of significant problems and after several more years you will be on even terms with nonsmokers statiscally. Just go for a yearly physical and continue with a healthy lifestyle. ...Read more

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I have 4 pack years of smoking...just quit smoking. Do I still have a good chance of smoking related cancer or did I quit before I did serious damage?

I have 4 pack years of smoking...just quit smoking. Do I still have a good chance of smoking related cancer or did I quit before I did serious damage?

It will reverse: The damage from use of tobacco will gradually reverse and your risk would be normal in about ten years. Do not use tobacco or tobacco products in any form. Refrain from using alcohol. Keep your weight under control, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly, about 150 minutes/week. ...Read more

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I quit smoking almost 6 months ago. Smoked over 22 years. Lately I have chest congestion, coughing tastes like glue. Why? What can I do? Rattly chest?

I quit smoking almost 6 months ago. Smoked over 22 years. Lately I have chest congestion, coughing tastes like glue. Why? What can I do? Rattly chest?

You are experiencing: The long term effects from tobacco withdrawal. It is one of the worst drugs that we use so carelessly for years. All you can do is to treat the symptoms, particularly lung infections, as they occur and wait for your system to get over these long lasting effects. ...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