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 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?

 whats the best way to give up smoking?

 What is the best medicine to take to go to sleep?
I have fibromyalgia and i can't sleep, I finally can go to sleep 3 or 4 am and then of course get up way late, now i feel it is a pattern and i cant break ...

 former smokers only plz?
hi iam 19 years old girls 5ft3 140lbs iam a former smoker i quit smoking 5 months ago cuz of breathing prob now after that 5 months i cant run for 5 min i get daisy and cant breath and everthing ...

 I have a persistant cough that produces mucus. How do I get rid of it?

 My 81 year old dad has pneumonia and is in the hospital.Isn't this extremely danerous at his age?
He also has emphysema.
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Please pray for him.Thank you....

 Smoking is good or bad?

 i've just coughed up about 2 pints of blood?
i think it's coming out my ears but i can't see because it's coming out of my eyes and nose? ...

 Does a collapsed lung just go away?
My 21 yr old husband had pain in his upper right chest when he breathed for a full week - but now he says it's 95% gone and he refuses to go to a doctor's appt I made him today. I am sooo ...

 How can one kick this habit of smoking cigarettes.?
I have smoked for over 30 + years and really need to quit.
I know it is ruining my health and no doubt shortening my lifespan, but honestly, this is the hardest thing I have ever tried to ...

 Can shortness of breath be related to stress?
I've been very stresed out lately due to school and for the past month I've been having shortness of breath. I'm not wheezing or anything, I just can't seem to inhale completely ...

 I'm an ex-smoker. Is there any way I can help CLEAN MY LUNGS?
I used to be a moderate cigarette smoker for ~5 yrs. I recently quit a couple of weeks ago.

I was wondering, is there anything I can do to help clean my lungs back to their original ...

 I've smoked 3 cigarettes and I am incredibly frightened?
Well i'm only 14 and i've smoked 3 cigarettes so far and i don't think i've ever been more scared in my life. I feel this nagging sensation telling me to smoke more in the back of ...

 how to stop sweating in PE?
i have PE, and afterwards i get really gross and sweat shows through my shirt, especially on the back. i sweat really easily. any help?...

 how to stop my daughter smoking?
i have just caught my daughter smoking for the second time!
i am so mad!!
myself and my husband are both ex smokers... we stopped smoking 5 years ago.. we don't let any one smoke in ...

 For some reason I cough up blood?
Ever since I'd been diagnosed with asthma, when I struggle to breathe I seem to cough up blood in my flem. Why?
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I'm 14 year old....

South Jersey
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?

Color it with a marker.

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i doubt it, just stop smoking, and everything MIGHT be okay.

Once you go black, you never go back...

Zucary R
Shoulda' took notes in first grades.

you might be able to ask yer docter

Mr Anderson
your body will recover slowly.. clearing the tar will take few months.. dont worry, if you quit, the body will adjust accordingly

thick g
congrats...you are the proud owner of charred lungs...quitting will be great but you will still have ruined lungs...sorry and you were warned...god gave you healthy set of lungs and you ruined them, was it worth?

they will incresse in helth a little but never back to max

no but you can recover from it it is good to stop becouse you will recover over time

Your lungs can heal themselves under good condition but never be 100%. The sooner you quit the better you will be. I believe that they will always show they were damaged.

John B
YES!!! your lungs need about 1 year to recover from those bad habits. to be fully clean it'll take about 5 years. but do quit, smoking is expensive and it's costly to your life. Use that extra money to vacation

ice cream lover
yes, sorry but you screwed yourself over

OK. we learned about this in health class.. breathing will get easier. but the black will stay.. everything will be better. but, yeah, as i said.. they will stay black. O_o

id suggest you run a lot eat healthier

oneofa (brutal)kind
It's permanent. Your lungs, unlike your liver, don't regenerate. But it's still good to quit, prevent further damage.

It takes lungs exactly one year to recover from just one cigarette. Depending on the severity of your case, I would say you can still make it. There are also a number of herbal products and vitamins and products that can really help out.

From what i've heard, as long as you don't have emphysema or lung cancer, your lungs will slowly but surely repair. One day, if you stay a non-smoker from now on, they will be as healthy as they were before you ever smoked.

sorry man your SOL. that damage is pretty much permanent, better quit while your ahead. any kind of exercise is great and will reduce some damage. if you do try, good luck man, you'll need it.

Well it depends on how hard you try but i don't think that they will ever fully heal.

First of all congratulations for you resolution, smoking, as you already know is a very unhealthy habit, the good news is that you are young enough to reverse or decrease the effects of the tobacco on your body, especially if you combine it with a balanced diet and exercise.
This is what the American Lung Association has found about the effects of quiting tobacco:

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

So, as you can see, is a long way to boost your health but is totally worth it, so the best luck for you!!

they will return to normal function fully in a few years although u will feel the difference in as little as a few weeks as far as shortness of breath running or climbing stairs etc. I used Chantix to help me quit as well Good luck! cp in ct

Michael R
I'm sorry to say, but you can't make them healthy again, but to prevent further damage or even lung cancer, quit smoking. You are still young, so you can change your lifestyle still. Exercise, breathe fresh air, avoid breathing in pollution outdoors, second hand smoke, which are factors contributing to lung diseases such as COPD, Chronic Bronchitis, Pneumoconiosis(Black Lung or coal miners lung), and the #1 killer from smoking, LUNG CANCER!! What you can do is to see a doctor and ask him what you can do to keep you lungs healthy as possible.

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