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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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It is UNTRUE that the lungs never fully heal, it takes about 15-20 years for the little "air sacs" in your lungs to completely repair themselves, eating fatty acid(esque) foods such as ground up flax seed's or flax seed's oil have been known and proven to help quicken the process, but it will still take a MINIMUM of 15 years after your last cigarette for your lungs to completely return to normal, more so depending on how much and how often you have smoked

March 12, 2011 - 11:32pm
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My name is Shakeel, and i am 29, i really wish to free my life from this smoke, but m not getting way that who to do this.

March 5, 2011 - 2:11pm
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Hi Shakeel,
That is GREAT that you are interested in quitting smoking...that is the most important factor in being successful (motivation)!

Do you currently work or go to school? Do you have health insurance? These are some places to begin searching for "how to" quit smoking, as you most likely have many resources at your fingertips. For instance, many employers provide "employee assistance programs" for employees to help with lifestyle changes (including quitting smoking). Schools provide counselors that can guide you to quitting smoking centers or groups. Health insurance companies can also provide referrals to quitting smoking experts.

Start looking into these avenues, and we are happy to help you do the research, too. It's important to look at the resources currently available to you, as many of these options can be low-cost or even free services!

Let us know what you find out from your school/work or health insurance, and we look forward to hearing from you again!

March 6, 2011 - 8:06pm
EmpowHER Guest

I had smoked for only about 2 years.daily comprising a pack of cigarattes.cigarattes ultimately result in any kind of physical problem.i had felt a bit kind of pain on my chest and i quit the smoking.consulting with the doctors my blood pressure use to be high due to this nuisance and had a mild left atrial dilation.i changed my lifestyle and hence now happy with my new life,no more breathing problem,no high blood pressure and always revived and fresh.if any one like to look at my reports and learn a lesson *Personal email removed by Moderator* i never used anything like chantix or bantix.i quit smoking on 1jan 2011 a rememberable date which i will never spoil.thankgod

February 13, 2011 - 3:19am

Congratulations to you Bargain Hunter and all who have successfully stop smoking and stayed smokefree. Here are some statistics that will help you to see the benefits of quitting smoking.

After quitting smoking:
In 2-3 months your circulation will improve, walking will be easier, and lung function will increase by up to 30%.

In 1-9 months your lung cilia (little hair-like projections that catch debris in your lungs) will return to normal. Smoking paralyzes these projections, so you can't cough stuff out. Coughing, fatigue and shortness of breath should decrease.

In 1 year the risk of coronary heart disease drops to half of that of a continuing smoker.

In 5 years the risk of stroke is the same as someone who has never smoked.

In 10 years lung cancer death rates drop to half of that of a continuing smoker, and cancers of the throat, mouth, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decrease.

After 15 years the risk of heart disease is about the same as someone who never smoked.

If you still smoke, but want to quit, many states have smoking cessation programs available. For example, here in Arizona try www.Ashline.org. Check your state to see if there is a program available. Many are free and offer a variety of services that may help you kick the habit. Good luck!

For more smoking-related information, check out my blog, Nonsmoking Nation at http://nonsmokingnation.blogspot.com

November 30, 2010 - 10:35am
EmpowHER Guest

Hello all. I was a smoker for ten years straight. I was also a very heavy smoker. I could kill a pack and a half a day with no problem at all. Fortunately for me I required no drugs or any other type of substitution for the smokes. Cold turkey was the way to go and that makes me all too proud considering my high addiction to cigarettes. It's already been longer than a whole year for me and cigarettes are no longer in my thoughts even a little. So for anyone relying on drugs just gather your willpower and go cold turkey. It'll save you time and money. Good luck to all you smokers!!

July 28, 2010 - 2:13pm
Expert HERWriter Guide Blogger

Since you are not quitting smoking but are just taking a break and then resuming smoking there isn't going to be a change in your body. If you would like information on what happens to people who quit smoking completely please go back to the start of this thread and you'll find more information.

May 28, 2010 - 4:34pm
EmpowHER Guest

hi.....i am smoking 5-6 cigrette in 24 hours......tell me in how much time my body recove after quitting smoking.....i am not smoking consistent....1-2 months i smoke and after that i leave it for 1-2 months.....plz reply on my email id
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May 28, 2010 - 1:16pm

Anon and Anon,

Congratulations to both of you!!! You have really accomplished something to be proud of. And the fact that you both feel better AND feel more confident can be real inspiration to those who haven't quit yet.

A good friend of mine who had smoked for years and years and YEARS quit last year on March 28. He had tried to quit several times before. Like the commercials say, it takes more than once. But he made it, day by day, and this March 28 he celebrated a year smoke-free. It wasn't easy for him. But he did it, and now I think he, too, feels so good about himself and the fact he was able to do so.

Keep on with the good work, you two!!

May 19, 2010 - 8:32am
EmpowHER Guest

I smoked for 4 years yea it is not as long at most of you people on here .. but in my opinion i dont think it matters because when i smoked i smoked everyday and a pack a day for 4 stright years. I got sick recently and as i was sick i just stopped smoking im on 50 days now and I LOVE IT no urges to smoke nor do i want to put that filty stuff in my mouth ... i hate when people say they cant because i was saying that and when i realized that i really can i began to get the courge to do things that i never have done before... it is all mental power dont be weak show strignth and be strong quit that nasty habit you wont get anywhere with it.

April 3, 2010 - 4:24pm
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