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I'm sitting here right now hacking up a lung like I do every morning.
I'm in the 'trying to quit' process of smoking, but I'm curious to know if theres anything I can do to slightly relieve my cough (I know it won't go away completely) so I'm not grossing myself out and everyone around me every day.
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replied December 23rd, 2008
response to everdream19
I use to smoke for 12 years.. I quit ..thats how it all starts by coughing. then you cant get your breath from coughing so much. I only stopped now for a little over a month...I still cough its rough.. I feel though as if im trying to cough up my lungs... i thimk its somethimg more serious!! My advise to you is to stop smoking..there is no such thing as trying to quit...or you will be fighting to breathe like me.. god bless...
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replied December 26th, 2008
Extremely eHealthy
hey i used to smoke to for 8 years which doesn't seem long but believe me wen u test ure fitness u can tel wat smoking does to you, i am also coughing a lot it comes with giving up you need to get rid of all the bad things in your lungs so they will be clear hope this helps Smile
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replied December 26th, 2008
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everdream19. i don't smoke, but i know some ppl who do and the cough in the morning is awful. please quit smoking! i just really want to encourage you to stop smoking. i do care. please quit! your cough will go away and if you don't quit it will get worse until it kills you.
jasmine
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replied July 30th, 2013
response to everdream19,
After you stop smoking, it's not uncommon for you to cough. This can be caused by
microscopic hairs in the throat called cilia. When you smoke, the normal movement of
cilia is slowed down. When you stop smoking, they become more active again, which can cause you to cough. This happens when the mucous is being cleared from your
lungs. The coughing can last for several weeks. Check with your doctor if it lasts longer, or if you cough up blood. Make sure you stay hydrated, lots of fluids and juice. You might benefit from using a humidifier or a vaporizer.
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replied February 27th, 2009
I smoked for over 30 years. April will be 2 years smoke free. I was hacking so bad. I had not been able to lay on my back without smothering until I quit. It is hard to quit but keep in mind you will be able to breath! I now can keep up with the best on walking now.
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replied March 10th, 2009
i have just quit but my cough is terrible
i have just stopped smoking for just over a week 2day I never coughed whilst smoking and yet in this moment in time I am thinking I should have a cigerette because i have never coughed sooo much its driving me insane!! why am i coughing more now than i ever did before i quit????
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replied July 30th, 2012
hi. similar stuff. quit briefly before, same stuff. does pass. i started up again however. i was young. still kind of am, but not as young as i used to be, especially with smoking, but another story another time. i also will feel like i really want or need a smoke after running. i have gathered that if your lungs are still relatively healthy, like pre-chronic bronchitis or emphysema and they still have their elasticity then smoking seems to stop a cough. cigarettes that is. dunno if it is the tobacco doing it or the chemicals crazy evil people started adding to them in the 20th. cannabis smoke has the opposite effect, inducing generally breif productuve coughing, like maybe cigarette smoke constricts things and cannabis does the opposite. maybe someone can verify. and why the cigarettes do it. i know i am putting them down within the week. the hope was to get some patches but if it doesnt work out then forget it. i need to quit. i am 26, and i am not as fit as i should be or was. and i need to help my mom quit, who is having a terrible smokers cough. stay strong kerrie8751
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replied March 10th, 2009
Give it time the cough will stop. Just do not smoke. For you own good the hardest part is over you decided to quit.
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replied June 3rd, 2009
coughing
how long will the cough last? I have been coughing for ages it seems. I quit smoking 2 months ago and still am coughing. I have had lung Xrays and nothing seems to be incorrect. sspears05...how long did you cough?
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replied November 12th, 2009
smokers cough
These coughing symptoms could be caused from something else. Last year I could not stop coughing. I went to my doctor and they gave me every cough syrup, cough drops and antibiotics he could come up with. I told them many times âthis is not a cough from a coldâ. I went through the motion, x-rays, cat scans, blood tests and finally an MRI. The MRI showed it was an irritation in the sac arround my heart. This is not very common but it happens. After all the tests the doc said their isint much that can be done and gave me an inhaler and said âthis might helpâ. I guess smoking increases the chance of getting this and I was smoking at the time. I quit for a couple of months but then started up again. The cough is now back and I'm done with cigarettes for good this time.
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replied December 15th, 2009
My cough (and having to clear my throat all the time) went away almost immediately after I quit smoking. And I smoked a pack of cowboy killers per day for about 15 years. It was like night and day.
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replied June 14th, 2011
I have quit smoking 5 weeks ago, my cough is horrible!! Can not even sleep in bad. I hope it will get better very soon. Went to a doctor 2x, gave me two different diagnosis, how funny - he never smoked, how he can even suggest any treatment to a smoker?, or even talk about symptoms? I can breath better and easier 5 weeks late, but my energy level is not like used to be... All the side effects from quiting smoking should be on the cigarette box so people could read it and educate themselfs, I would have had in a heart beat, but for now I am dealing with all my most unpleasent side effect from quiting smoking.
Have a great day you all!!
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replied August 11th, 2011
Smoker's cough is a kind of cough seen especially in smokers. Any irritant present in the respiratory system may trigger cough; however, smoker's cough develops as a consequence of phlegm buildup in the trachea.
n the trachea, the walls are lined with cilia, small hair-like projections that protrude from the tracheal epithelium. They move in a synchronous wavelike motion, thereby moving foreign bodies trapped in phlegm upwards towards the oropharynx, so they may be swallowed. Cigarette smoke disables or paralyzes these cilia, so the only way that phlegm can be removed is via coughing.

Some smokers can get a more persistent cough over time. This cough can bring up phlegm which can be become close to green in color and can start building up as soon as the weather changes or when body exposed to the cold.
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replied August 19th, 2011
cough when quitting smoking
this forum is helpful. I quit three days ago, while already having a cough/cold for a week (figured better time than ever). Now my cold & cough is twice as bad and the 'tussin' does nothing. Good to hear others stories.
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replied October 6th, 2011
can't stop coughing. 1 month now of not smoking. must be the lungs expelling the poison. at least my colour is pink and warm and not cold and bluish/grey. keep on truckin... it will go i'm sure and it is a good reminder not to go through this again.
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replied October 8th, 2011
I quit smoking 4 days ago. I am a 32 yr old male. The reason I quit was a cough I seemed to be developing. I have had 2 xrays which were both clean(thank god) however my cough is still lingering (started sept 20th 2011). The doc thinks my coughing is due to a mixture of sinus issues, and smoking. If the sinus tests come back good (CT scan) then I will see a lung specialist to decide if further testing is needed or if I should ride it out. I can tell you that after 4 days of not smoking I have had night sweats, coughing, and aches not to mention irritability and restlessness. However my stamina and overall lung function is already improved. I can now lay on my side with out that congestive weezy sound and my desire to clear my throat is slowly fading. Hang in there gang. Quitting is the best cure for most lung and heart ailments. And please educate yourselves on COPD and other lung issues too. It will scare you straight. That's how I have quit. The fact is I am 32 healthy male, and I have to have CT scans and lung tests. Yeah, I'll stay quit for today!
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replied February 8th, 2012
Smoking
Hi I'm a 27 year old male I'm giving up cos I want to and only using good old free will to do it.it's been just over a week an feeling good not even wanting 1 but since iv started to give up my chest hurts from coughing so much and I known 1 drag an it's gone but then so is all chances of me giving up is iv tried all cough remedies and it still stays there any other tips would be nice as I ain't came this far to just throw in the tow yet iv been smoking since I was 18 and I want to control my own life not let a cigarette do it for me
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replied February 24th, 2012
Quit smoking - cough - energy increase
44 year old 20 year smoker here. I quit 2.5 months ago. Still have a terrible cough. It has actually gotten worse, but I think it's because it's loosening up and starting to expel all the junk in my lungs. I've had all the xrays and everything is fine so this must just be a part of the process. I do, however, feel amazing! My energy has increased and I'm actually training to do a 5k run! Granted, I can only run 1/2 a block right now but that's better than sitting on the couch and complaining that I can't exercise because I'm a smoker! lol
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replied March 9th, 2012
I happen to stumble up on this site while searching just as all of you were about coughing and the phlegm that was coming from my lungs. Just as many of you stated that you never coughed while smoking that was the same for me. While I always wanted to quit but just couldn't find the right reason to. I continued buying packs and saying I will do it after this one is gone...then one day I spoked and the thing tasted really stranged. I figured I got bad batch, bought another pack, same outcome. I just couldn't find that same old satisfaction as I did in the past. I quickly contact my doctor and asked for the Chantix. I started and now I have no cravings, although I sometimes find myself saying eat dinner have a smoke and suddenly I smile and say oh I quit. Now getting back to the cough, I had a bad cold, sinus issues and it appeared I was producing so much mucus from my nose via lungs and any other area you could name that was affected by my past smoking and yes sometimes the stuff was clear and then was brownish in color. I am so glad to hear that I am not a lone wolf in this quest to quit. I will not go back to smoking ever again. Yuck!!!
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replied May 29th, 2012
quitting smoking
Hey everyone, 28 female have been smoking a pack every second day sometimes a pack a day since 13 yrs old. Determined to quit as i get older i think about life more and how i want to live so ill do anything it takes to have the best quality of life that i cam. So im into day 2 cold turkey. Few withdrawal symptoms like headache and spaced out n tired. Do all quitters get the cough? Oh and im trying to lose 25 kilos at rge same time so 2 birds with one stone. Wish me luck
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replied May 31st, 2012
coughing for 4 monthd
I gave up smoking on new years eve 2011. It has been 4 months today and I am still coughing. Is that too long??
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