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lungs healing after quitting smoking ? (Page 2)


June 30th, 2009
cold turkey works, have faith in it
My friend, the benefits of quiting far outweigh ANY from smoking. I smoked for 27 years and had to quit do to a bad case of pnuemonia. That was the best thing that ever happened to me medically. Within a week I could breath better. Within a month I was walking a mile a day without breaking a sweat. Not to sound nasty, but other things greatly (and I do mean greatly) improve. No matter how long you have smoked, just stop. Cold turkey has the highest success rate of anything. Nicotine leaves your body in about a week and the rest is just mental habit. Fill that with something else and it's a win-win situation for you...
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replied September 21st, 2009
my grandma has smoked for about 50 years now a carton every week and a half or so. And she has no lung issues at all. I can also agree with the social habit, when i am by myself i smoke maybe 2-3 cloves a day, but when i am with friends or at a party its more like half a pack a day. I am quitting though, because i am strong mentally about it, and its not really an addiction. Cloves have 1 percent nicotene. Marlboro red have like 14 or 17 percent i think. So i am not very addicted to smoking. I can put it down now and be fine. i am 18, and have been smoking for two years now i believe. But i will be fine.
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replied September 21st, 2009
my grandma has smoked for about 50 years now a carton every week and a half or so. And she has no lung issues at all. I can also agree with the social habit, when i am by myself i smoke maybe 2-3 cloves a day, but when i am with friends or at a party its more like half a pack a day. I am quitting though, because i am strong mentally about it, and its not really an addiction. Cloves have 1 percent nicotene. Marlboro red have like 14 or 17 percent i think. So i am not very addicted to smoking. I can put it down now and be fine. i am 18, and have been smoking for two years now i believe. But i will be fine.
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replied October 8th, 2009
Quit smoking
I quit smoking 12 days ago.
I smoked a pack a day.
I've had a really hard time!
It helped me to watch YouTube videos or cancer patients and lungs cancer patients.
My body has had horrible withdrawl but I'm getting through this!
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replied November 5th, 2009
I lost 17 years of my life!
I successfully quit smoking on my birthday 2 years and 3 months ago after smoking a pack a day average for 23 years.

I can remember liking and wanting to smoke the first 5 years I did it. I then realized that my physical strength and endurance were significantly affected by my smoking. I tried to quit and failed. A few years later, I tried again ... and again I failed. It only took 1 cigarette with a friend that was leaving town and I was smoking a pack a day again after stopping for a little more than a month.

I settled and somewhat gave up trying to quit, all along getting lazier as I was unable to do anything to boost my health and abilities.

I have had 3 beautiful children in the last 6 years. My oldest asked me why I smoked about 3 years ago and I could not give her a reasonable answer, in all honesty. Then I realized that my health was not getting any better and at my age, I would be almost 60 when my kids start graduating high school. I don’t want to miss that, much less my daughters wedding.

I don’t want to miss anything because of my ignorance of the facts that I will die, painfully in some cases, and sooner than I should, if I do not quit smoking today.

I spoke with my doctor who of course supported the idea and prescribed wellbutrin, I spoke with my family and asked for their support, and I prayed to God to give me the strength, perseverance, and his healing so that I would succeed to quit smoking.

I give thanks to everyone of them for their belief in me, everyday, as I have succeeded to quit smoking.

A recent physical 2 years and 3 months after quitting has revealed that my lungs are aged at 57 years, I am only 40. That is 17 years that I have lost because of my smoking. Now I will work hard to survive so that I can walk my daughter down the isle or to be there when they receive their college diploma, and hopefully I have not destroyed my chances of kissing the heads of my grandchildren.

I have listened to your words and have understood where you are coming from. Please, don’t tempt fate for a cigarette that can only make things worse for you. Quit, and concentrate more on the things in life that make a difference for your future in this short life. Nothing should be more important than Love, Life, and your pursuit of Happiness, especially when your Family (children included) is depending on you to lead them and get them going for a life and love of their own.

May God be with you and yours! I pray that you accept the truth and not toy or tease the seriousness of smoking and your life. Change it now, before it’s too late.
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replied January 26th, 2010
Yor are alreaedy addicted
The brain recognizes the addictive properties of a cigarette in after your first smoke. You say you are not addicted but you coe here to ask if you should be concerned about damage. The smart thing for a non-addicted person who knows that they are playing chicken with a deadly poison would be tpo quit, no input needed. Ah, but here's the rub. You ARE addicted already.

Now regardles of how much or how long your grandparents and parents smoked, it has no bearing on your risk of cancers. There ay have been a change in your DNA do to your parents smoking even before you were ever born. Cigarettes contain radio- isotopes or radio active material. Know what a half-life is? in other words, every one of those 4 cigarettes you smoke deposits some radioactivity onto the surface of your lungs. There is no known dose per cigarette. Which cigarette will be the one to turn those harmless cells into cancerous overgrowth?

If you are asking, knowing all of this, you are addicted. The good news is that your nicotine levels ae probably generally low so all you have to do is say no thanks next time you are out at the bar or sitting around tossing a few back with your friends. Don;t borrow one under the smoke tent since you never know which one will lead to your last one and walk away.

That or take a chance that those you love ay have the opportunity to watch you die slowly and painfully as I have watched friends.

This message is brought to you by a smoker who always said 'It won;t happen to me."
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replied February 16th, 2010
Quit Smoking While You Can.
I picked up my first cigarette as a "social thing" when I was 17 yrs. old. I was not going to get addicted. It is a drug and sneaks up on you. I smoked 2-3 packs a day for over 45 years! Yes, it is a miracle I am alive and don't have cancer that I know of. I have been smoke FREE for 2 YEARS and 2 months.
I am very proud for staying quit! But young lady, I had 7 miscarriages and one still born baby girl. None of my babies survived.
Keep those deadly toxins out of your young body. It isn't worth the risk.
Be wise. This is the only life you have.
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replied March 3rd, 2010
Your lungs do regrow
Come on people get your facts straight. Do a little research. Your lounges can fully regrow within about 9 months of your last smoke. But most doctors will tell you to give it about 2-5 years for good measure. after 7 years of no smoking you should be in almost full health as you were. Every cell in the body only lives for so long and is replaced. So eventually you will have a new set of lungs and doing a bit of cardiovascular activity will speed the process.

I smoked for about 1.5 years about 10 cigs a day. When i drilled with my reserve unit i would kill a pack a day anyone in the military knows that not smoking is not easy at all. You could never have touched tobaco in you life and you will either dip or smoke shortly after you complete your initial training. Why? the military motto "Hurry up and Wait" and you really cant do anything else except smoke.

But done be fulled by the myth of your lungs are screwed. You will be fine after a couple years of not smoking. So just quit and go on. I will still probably smoke 1 weekend a month but that would be about it.
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replied March 14th, 2010
is it normal to wake up and the first breaths to be a little rough? kind of like a crouped up feeling. usually after 2 - 4 deep breaths that feeling goes away. i quit smoking 2 years and 3 months ago.
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replied April 12th, 2010
All of family has had some type of cancer. What about me?
My brother who is 62 years old was a long time smoker and I just found out he is entering hospice with no chance of survival. Both lungs have collapsed and liver is failing. I''m his sister and I have also smoked 1/2 to 1 pack a day for about 40 years. I''m trying to quit cold turkey, actually the thought of smoking makes me sick to my stomach after knowing my brother''s fate and the fear for my own health. PLEASE everyone...quit now, my family is in so much pain over the imminent loss of someone we all love. Good luck.
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replied April 13th, 2010
If people who are smoking are healthy and if they do not get any health disorders then they are very lucky but still it is not possible in everyone's life. People sometimes face many health disorders other than cancers as well.
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replied April 19th, 2010
smoking
i am now 54 yrs old, and over the last 40 yrs have smoked , starting at around 15 per day, leading on to 40, by the time i had to stop, for years doctors told me i needed to stop, due to heart and vascular problems, but i was so addicted, it took for my brother to die from a stroke at the age of 56, and realising just how unhealthy i was, unable to climb stairs or walk more than a few yards due to blocked arteries, i said enough was enough, i am on my eighth day, and god willing ,i will never touch a cigarette again.its been only days but already i am seeing the good effect, so please any young ones out there, who smoke! please , please stop. it is more addictive than heroin, and i only wish as a young girl , i had known the implications.but never too late too stop, if not for yourself than for others around you.
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replied April 24th, 2010
This is my 3rd time trying to quit, did once for 9 mos (father in law dying from lung cancer scared me) 13 years ago, quit again a few months ago for about a month. Now, after having been treated for recurring bronchitis and having a lung function test yesterday where the doctor told me I have emphysema and beginning stages of COPD, it scared the hell out of me! Now I know why I was having trouble with running out of breath playing flute and especially oboe. I am using Aeros smokeless cigarettes. Get the nicotine without the smoke and smell issues. I have to do it this time. Playing music is one of the most important things to me. Plus I roller and inline skate. My grandmother had emphysema and I saw how she could hardly breathe when talking. Why didn''t I pay attention to what I saw when I was a kid? Now, at almost 56 years old, I need to succeed. My husband quit cold turkey 18 years ago from 2-3 packs a day. I haven''t told him I have emphysema and COPD. Don''t plan to. Researching online to see if there''s a way to heal my lungs. Anyone found anything for that yet?
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replied May 15th, 2010
just stop smoking
Nicotine is a drug, smoking any amount, even one or two cigs a day means you are addicted.

its a weak drug though, i mean you can go eight hours a night without a fix.

nicotine is a depressant, but you then keep taking it to feel "normal" its a horrible little swine of a drug.

every smoker wants to stop smoking.

you dont need loads of willpower, that implies that its hard and it isnt, stopping smoking is quite easy, for anyone.

nagging will not help someone quit, it will make it worse, as it causes stress and this causes craving.

craving will last 3 days tops, after that it is all in the mind, the subconcious mind to be exact, but the subconcious is thick as pig muck!... (pig muck lol thank you censors)... and your concious mind can instruct your sub con mind that smoking is silly, this takes time, from 3 weeks onwards, depending on how often you tell yourself that smoking is a silly thing to engage in..Smile

dont expect loads of pats on the back for not smoking, a lot of people will be secretly dissapointed that you managed to pack them in(especially the ones who nagged you a lot)
i smoked for 40 years am 52 now, i didnt use any nrt
hope this helps good luck...Smile)
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replied June 15th, 2010
Thanks for the information..I’ve tried just about every method there is out there and there is only one I can recommend - pillsguide!
Gum patches and all the other just did not cut it for me, not to mention cold turkey which was the hardest, I even tried the electric cigarette and it is just no match to the real thing.
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replied January 25th, 2012
i know what u mean, i stopped cold turky, tried to cut down and all that and no luck, just had to stop have not smoked for 30 days now and feel good about it. I am not caughing every day and night or haking when i smelled something burning in a pan, so all those small things keep me going, each day the cravings get less, i am 63 and started smoking at 16,so i do know anyone can do it when they are trully ready , good luck Smile
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replied June 16th, 2010
I quit smoking five years ago and it took a major health care to make me finally quit. I had quit unsuccessfully many times before that but finally did it with the help of pillsguide..
Hope it may also help you..
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replied July 15th, 2010
Quit smoking cold turkey on 5/10/10. Still having "smoking dreams" almost every night! Worried that I may have waited too long to quit and it's too late to avoid the health problems. I smoked for 25 years, a pack per day. I'm feeling pretty good, but still worry sometimes.
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replied July 17th, 2010
Re: lungs healing after quitting smoking ?
Hi
If you are smoking only 3 to 4 cigarettes there is no chance getting any diseases …but if you continue to smoke more and more then surely it may harm your lungs….but try to quit smoking at this age only….if you wont quit now you cant quit later if u get used to it…..

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replied August 8th, 2010
During my second semester of college I became an avid smoker along with alcohol. I gained 40 pounds and was overweight and out of shape. This summer I have quit smoking and lost 30 pounds, I work out everyday and i have had an occasional cigarette during the summer but my last cig was a week ago and I have made the conscious decision to quit. So my question, do your lungs and other body parts heal up after the quitting, and will i be a healthy man?





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replied August 30th, 2010
My story
Here is my story,

When I was 5 years old my mother and father went bowling and left me with some babysitters. These two sister's were in high school and was smoking on the back porch. I walked outside on them and they thought I would tell on them so they talked me into taking a hit. My brother was also there during this time and saw this. My brother told my parents and they whooped my butt for it. When I was 9 I was already with the wrong crowd of people and started smoking weed and cigs daily. I had really good parents growing up but I always found ways to rebel against them. The age of 12 I started smoking in front of my parents and was already up to half a pack a day. I played sports my whole life and slowly watched myself not being able to keep up anymore. I smoked and smoked and smoked and smoked. I left for the ARMY when I was 18 years old and during this time I could not get my hands on a cig for 6 months. When I first went into the ARMY, I ran a mile in 14 minutes. I started to love running! I could run 2 miles in 13 minutes flat. The first 2-3 months was really hard for me and I spit up alot of yucky stuff. When I say yucky stuff, I am talking about black, blood filled, nasty mucus. I went from 140lbs to 200lbs in a matter of months and was solid as a rock. I wish I would have never picked the habit back up but unfortunately I did! I am 25 now and work full time, full time college student, and a full time singe dad. I sit everyday and think about how I felt for that short time in my life when I could smell, taste, breath, run, laugh, smile, and just enjoy life as a healthy man. I smoke a pack and a half of newports a day and have been smoking newports my whole life. I tell alot of people this story and they look at me funny. First thing they say is, "You have been smoking since you was 6!!?!!?!?!". This might sound shocking to some people. Especially people who grew up in a nice neighborhood, or people who were sheltered. It is not uncommon these days to see a 7-8 year old smoking, dealing, or worse, carrying a gun. I think I have finally made my mind up and I am going to quit. Wish me luck everybody!!!! I do not want my son to suffer anymore for my habit and I feel anybody out there with children should really read this post and think hard. The thought of eating a steak and actually tasting the rich juicy flavor makes my mouth water. The thought of running 5 miles and being able to still cut a backflip excites me. The thought of being able to keep up with my 5 year old without having to stop for a cig to catch my breath makes me happy. Hopefully my lungs will heal my stupidity throughout the years. Wish me luck everyone and thank you for all the post on this website! All of you non-smokers, ex-smokers, influenced me further in my decision to quit! Very HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery Happy
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