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Have I damaged myself so severely it will shorten my life?

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I am 56 and been smoking since 18. I usually have never smoked more than a pack a day. But sometimes have.
Several yrs ago was told I had Chronic Bron. due to smoking.
If I obstain from smoking for a week I regain much,much lung capacity.Don't have any shortness of breath at all and can exercise intensely.
I have two questions--Have I damaged myself so severely it will shorten my life?
Do the Anti-Tar Cigarette filters work?

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replied August 20th, 2014
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Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am really glad to help you out.

Since you have been smoking a significant amount for last many years, I suppose that it would have done considerable damage to your lungs. There is a saying that each cigarette smoked shortens the light of a human by 5 minutes. However if you plan to quit now, it will really help in regaining the lung capacity. I'll also suggest doing some lung exercises on a regular basis, for example incentive spirometer.

Regarding your second question, there is no advantage in using tar free cigarettes as these also tend to damage the lungs, although to a slightly lesser extent.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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