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 how do I get rid of my cough?
Ive had a bad cold since Halloween Ive been to the dr and they put me on a Zpac and Ive taken other antibiotics and they haven't worked. What can I do to get rid of my cough??????? its so bad ...

 What are those disgusting things you can cough up?
The look like little tiny white balls and they smell soooo bad.... I cough them up every once in a while and idk how to get rid of them... my sister said thwey are puss balls..IDK its disgusting can ...

 has anyone stopped smoking and actually been happy about it?
i have given up, cut down etc, but i was never happy with the thoughts of never ever having just one when i wanted, so are smokers or ex smokers ever happy when they decide to give up, or do they ...

 what are the harmful effects of smoking? drinking?
which one is worse?
even if someone smokes a year or two.
others smoke their whole lives.
can one or two years of drinking or smoking cause permanent damage?...

 Will i be able to make my lungs healthy again?
I have black lungs from smoking tobacco for 6 years on my 18th birthday i want to quit.

Can i make my lungs healthy again or they just going to be black permanently?...

 Why does it hurt when I breathe through my nose?
Whenever I start breathing through my nose it feels like my nasal cavities are burning. It's really uncomfortable.

What should I do?
Please no one say "breathe through your ...

 Why smoke when you know it kills?
Why people kept producing cigars when they know that cigarrete smoking is dangerous to their health? Are there any advantages?...

 Is there anything that you can smoke that's not bad for you?
I like the activity, but hate the health risk....

 Does it matter if you breath into a paper or plastic bag when having a panic attack?
I just wondered whether there's a difference....

 Who doesn't drink or smoke?
Iwish there was a smoke free world....

 How old were you when you started drinking or smoking?
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im just curious because i started drinking when i was 14 and im 15 now and just started smoking, which i know is bad im trying to stop before i get ...

 are there any good remedies for toenail fungal infections?

 Can 6 cigarretes permanently damage the lungs?
I smoked 6 cigarettes over a course of 1 month because my friend smokes and I wanted to see how it is. I lived with a smoker and am smart enough not to take up smoking because of what I personally ...

 Natural ways to beat asthma?

 Thinking of Taking up Smoking!!?
I am 17, and i get really stressed sometimes... and once i tried smoking a cigarette and it seemed to calm me down!!

But i don't really want to spend all my money on smoking, what ...

 Why are anti smokers trying so hard to make others stop? Smoking will come back,It always has and always will?
It's a battle that they just can't win. You can't tell young people what to do they don't want to know, They are all rebels so don't even bother to try. Just look to yourself ...

 Do you snore?

 Does tobacco stay in your system? How Long?
I've have to take an Anger Management classes for a ticket i got in May. And This place where Im probably going to go is going to ask for a Drug Test. I haven't smoked weed or anything for ...

 How do I reduce my bad breath?
I take medicine, could that be it, and how can I stop making it smell bad instead of brushing my teeth all the time....

 My mother hasn't smoked in 7 years. She just started again. How can I get her to quit?

Quitting Smoking?
If smoking takes 20 years off your life, then when you quit, do you get that 20 back, or is it a case of damage done, no repair?

why dont u ask someone else?
no repair..........it cannot be repaired.........you shud have thot before smoking becuz now u have chances of getting lung cancer..........

Yea, with mother nature there's no backsies on the whole life thing. When you screw it up on the first go-around, you're pretty much screwed for the rest of life.

damage has been done, but you can regain some of that 20 if you stop for many years.

not what you expected
If you dont become a smoker than you dont lose the 20 years in the first place.


the damage is there still and lose 20 years

When you quit smoking you get free of nicotine, once you have accompllished getting free from smoking you give your lungs a chance to heal and recover. Yes you will get better in time, therefore, once you are done with smoking, you are on your way to healing...... Best wishes

It depends on your stadium.. Like how strong enough is yourbody and the long capacity..

Damage done, remember you can't get a lung transplant.

i don't know? my aunt is 75 years old and she's been smoking since she was 15 and she's still healthy. it depends on the person. some people can chain smoke and drink all their lives and live to be 105. i know it's not typical but it happens.

damage done. But you gain back some of that 20 years. Congrauts on you stop smokeing. Good luck!!!

It is never too late to quit it. There are always benifits after you quit regardless of how long you have smoked. Good luck!

My father gave up smoking at age of 50 plus after 30 years of smoking, he is a fine human at age of 85. I am also quitting it for a month.

the damage is done.
thats why you should never start.
its pointless and slowly killing you.

I think it takes 10 years for your lungs to fully mend. As for the 20 years, my Gran gave up a couple of years back and she's knocking on 85 i can imagine her seeing 105 if she hadnt of picked up smoke.

Your body will try to repair the damage but not to a 100%

Susan D
nope u've already put all tht smoke in ur body how is it gonna get out im not saying tht u smoke

Mike C
As long as you quit by the time you're 35, most of the damage can be undone.

Gabby The Great
well there really is no way to get all that crap out of your lungs. and sometimes after quiting smoking will come back to bite youin the but. i had a spanish teacher that smoked in her 20s and quit later. she ended up getting cancer 30 years later. freaky huh? but the sooner you quit the better off you will be.

Joe's gal
its done.just stop. you can do it. no repair. the cut will heal. the scars will always be there. but you can
stop, and YOU WILL.

its not that you cant be repaired, but you will never be the same person health-wise ever again. but in the long run, you will live longer. 20 years may be gone, but if you continue, that can turn into 30, 40, and so on. quit now. eat healthy. be athletic. itll be a better life and you will be extremely thankful for it. you only get one life so if you start being healthy today, theres no doubt you will live longer if you quit.

my granddad died from smoking and it was very sad. my grandmom quit smoking about 10 years ago, but she turned her life around and is now one of the healthiest people i know, no matter how much damage she did to her lungs. when you quit, everything changes.

many people quit smoking and those who do have better lives. im sure you can quit.

mind over matter.

Little Wifey
Its not a case of damage done. There are many positives to smoking that happen within hours.

Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continues for years.

Blood pressure drops to normal.
Pulse rate drops to normal.
Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal.

Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal.
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal.

Chance of heart attack decreases.

Nerve endings start regrowing.
Ability to smell and taste is enhanced.

Circulation improves.
Walking becomes easier.
Lung function increases up to 30%.

Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease.
Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection.
Body's overall energy increases.

Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker.

Lung cancer death rate for average smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half.
Stroke risk is reduced to that of a nonsmoker 5-15 years after quitting.
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus is half that of a smoker's.

Lung cancer death rate similar to that of nonsmokers.
Precancerous cells are replaced.
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases.

Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a nonsmoker.

marko p
the longer u smoke the more years are taken off so if u stop early then u will not have lost as many as a life long smoker. but after u stop the years don't get added back on to your life. all u can do is stop any more from being taken off. your body will heal and you will have a smaller chance of some ailments but it will not give u your years back.


When smokers quit, within twenty minutes of smoking that last cigarette the body begins a series of changes.

At 20 minutes after quitting:

* blood pressure decreases
* pulse rate drops
* body temperature of hands and feet increases

At 8 hours:

* carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
* oxygen level in blood increases to normal

At 24 hours:

* chance of a heart attack decreases

At 48 hours:

* nerve endings start regrowing
* ability to smell and taste is enhanced

The first year after quitting:

At 2 weeks to 3 months:

* circulation improves
* walking becomes easier
* lung function increases

1 to 9 months:

* coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, shortness of breath decreases

1 year:

* excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

Long-term Benefits of Quitting

At 5 years:

* from 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

At 10 years:

* risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
* risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
* risk of ulcer decreases

At 15 years:

* risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
* risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked

See also:

* www.ffsonline.org

juju bee
you don't get the 20 back, but within 24 hours, it;s amazing what happens. too much to describe, you can reverse the damage, and in 15 years, you would be considered the same as a person who has never smoked. goggle, what happens when I quit smoking, you'll be amazed!

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