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How long does it take for your body to heal/recover after smoking cigarettes?

By February 13, 2009 - 2:19pm
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I quit smoking nearly 10 years ago after nearly 20 years of smoking almost a pack a day.

I read somewhere that it takes the body a very long time to "heal" itself after all that poison in the system which is a bit disappointing after all the work it takes to quit.

does anyone know if the body ever really recovers from a 20 year smoking habit? I was under 35 when I quit.

thank you

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here is some news which is far more positive than most you read. After smoking about 1 1/2 packs a day since my mid-teens I quit smoking cold turkey 6 years ago. Immediately upon quitting I started going to the gym and playing tennis. I managed to maintain my weight and today play between 6 to 10 hours of singles tennis a week, and most often against players in their mid-thirties.
Contrary to what you often read about causing unrepairable damage to your lungs after smoking, I'm now 59 years of age and I believe that I'm am now in the best and most athletic condition of my entire life.

April 14, 2015 - 5:22am
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If you have had trouble quitting smoking or are having trouble, I highly recommend reading Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking. It is incredible, and I can't explain how it works, but it works. For the first time in my experience, quitting smoking hasn't only been easy, it has been enjoyable. Don't slap me - just read the book.

April 9, 2015 - 6:00pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

That book helped me also. I recommend it to everyone wanting to quit. It's been over 2 years now since I quit and I thought I'd never be able to.

May 4, 2017 - 12:44pm
EmpowHER Guest

I smoked for 22 years, quit about a month before I turned 40. That was 10.5 years ago. Then I spent seven more years addicted to patches and gum--well at least my lungs were clear. The thing that helped me get nicotine free was learning how the drug worked, and why I was addicted. If I had it to do over again, I would NOT use a nicotine substitute. Study your addiction, learn your triggers, fight or avoid them accordingly. It only takes a month to beat it. It CAN be done. Love yourself.

February 15, 2015 - 10:01pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I quit one year ago but I use 2 gum nicoreetee a day i think I want to quit this gum now but I have more cough in my lunge pls tell me what I do and tell me how long time u use gum and experience

April 21, 2015 - 4:02am
EmpowHER Guest

I am christian converted from islam, saudi student studying and trying to make the united states new home!
I inhaled and smoked daily cigarets since 10-11 years old I just turned 20. I suffered from child abuse, but it made me stronger nd knowledgeable no complaining at all!
When I started freshman living in California campus dorms I quit for about one-two weeks then I felt I can handle this! So I though I could smoke one and only one cigaret by the end of the day. Because I wanted to smoke you see the reason I quit is that I don't want to live in the suffer of buying, thinking, smelling, tired, short of breath,ETC diseases nd life length not that important!!! After smoking once at midnight then sometimes I smoke two if I am having pressure then its three and so on.. When I quit I was using vaporizer, more than .6 mg WILL get you back to smoking at some point.. In conclusion at this moment I came to realize that if you want to quit damn cigarets you will but deep inside we don't... you have to go through the journey of ur self and learn how to rebuild what is broken....

February 15, 2015 - 3:37pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I dont blame you for converting to Christianity because being wahabbi is the worat thing you can be. Wahabbism has nothing to do with Islam. If you want to learn about Islam the best thing you can do is read about shiite Islam. But since you chose Christianity its somewhat similar to wahabbism cuz both say God has legs and arms similar to a human.

April 11, 2015 - 8:17am
EmpowHER Guest

Me too!
I've so "Just" quit smoking. If I ever go back to it again, I'm the son of a HO! Never ever am I touching tobacco again! Thanks guys , all the comments inspire me, I will keep reading them everyday. I guess that will help to stay put. God Bless.

February 14, 2015 - 1:37pm
EmpowHER Guest

I am 31 and I have been shining for about 16 years. Is had been 5 days without a cigarette and I have never felt better. I look at my kids and they look happier abs I'm the cause of those smiles. I don't have to go near a window every time I want to smoke. I don't smell like an ashtray. My house smells good. I just added some years to my life thanks my support team and my father above giving me the straight to do all that I can. Just can't wait to be able to run and excerise without shortness of breath. I give it to everyone on this site that had giving up smoking we are doing something right in our lives. Good luck to all on your new journey of life. Good bless all.

January 21, 2015 - 7:06pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I smoked in high school and quit for almost 20 years when I got married and raised my kids, a divorce triigered smoking agin after 20 years. Then dated men who smoked I have been smoking light then heavier when I drink for 3 years. I am 54 and in great shape I can already see skin sagging, and my hair seems to fall out easier, its thinning from that loss. I just read some very frightening facts, which can ALL be prevented from quitting. I have tried but failed many times until I read the horrifying facts of aging and cancers, we all know. I am going to try cold turkey again, it worked last time for 20 years. Please pray that it will work.

March 16, 2015 - 4:35pm
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