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

By Bargain Lover
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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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EmpowHER Guest

it is great to read about so many people who had stop smoking in so many ways . i feel the joy in their success
as for me ......i started smoking at 11 years of age and stop smoking at 50 years of age.i smoke about 1.5 pack a day ( 30 cig per day)

what lead me to stop smoking is due to a major blockage in my right coronary artery.there was two blockage in that artery.
so after the bellowing procedure ...i stop smoking . it has been 5 years now. But the affect of long term smoking has taken its affect on the lung. currently i have severe asma affect and i will get the attack in the morning, when people cook/fry spices food , cold wheather or climb high altitude i get acute mountain sickness

September 20, 2014 - 9:42pm
EmpowHER Guest

I've smoked for about 8-9 years in total. And from that 7 yrs in a row as a heavy smoker. I'm 25 now. Yes, I am. The first cigarette I tried was when I was 6. My aunt used to smoke so I took one to try.
And after that when I turned 11 I started smoking one or two a day.
When I turned 14 a pack and then at the age of 17 I was between 2 and 3 packs a day.
No lies guys.
I swore I'll quit and and also making promises but nothing.
I don't know how I quit but that was just cold turkey.
I'm 4 yrs smoke free. No urges, not a single desire to go have one.

The way I quit is kinda weird because I quit since I came to Canada in 2010. I stayed at home and just exercising and also walking around the neighborhood.
I guess I felt kind of sick of it in the end.
I smoked so much that sometimes I was disgusted by the taste but still I kept smoking.

So to all of the people who are trying to quit smoking I say
Just do it. No promises. Just do it.
Think about the future.
Many people like me felt peace in smoking because of the stress or other things. But now that I think of that time I am happy that I quit.
Oh by the way, I have more wrinkles in my face than my mother does.
Think about it.

I thought of it and I'm taking care of myself now

Good luck to all of you guys.

August 29, 2014 - 8:19am
EmpowHER Guest

I'm 43 years old and have been smoking since I was 12. About a pack a day. I haven't had a cig for 12 hours. I'm taking chantix and it is really helping. I let you know how it go's. If

July 31, 2014 - 9:27pm
EmpowHER Guest

My decision to quit smoking was based on my decision not to. That was it. I gave myself an opportunity to change the decision each day. After a while, the yearning was gone. Can't say I didn't have withdrawal and since I'd smoked for almost 35 years-sure I did. However, my only memory is the daily question. "You can get cigarettes today if you want to, it's your decision, yes or not". I felt proud of myself each day I said "no, not today." That was over 10 years ago. No urge at all to go back--as a matter of fact--just the opposite.

May 28, 2014 - 9:17am
EmpowHER Guest

i was a smoker for 3 ,i feel uneasy as i am knowing the symptoms, i cant concentrate at anything , so today i thought to stop it .... I think i can quit it ..

May 24, 2014 - 5:18am
EmpowHER Guest

i smoked from 1970 to 1980 and i was very often sick in that time and always coughing, so ive been free for 34 years now, and i am quite sure i would not be writing this today if i had not have stopped.

May 23, 2014 - 11:04am
EmpowHER Guest

I 've smoked for about 6 years, and while these 6 years I was trying to quit several times and this last one is about 10 months, However I didn't start to realize that smoking affected me in really bad way until I quitted.
Right Now I'm having really hard time with The fact that my body won't return back to normal.
What I need To know right now how much I've distorted like a percentage?

March 31, 2014 - 7:03pm
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

That percentage wouldn't be possible to give you Anon but smoking for 6 years is a lot better than many who have smoked for decades. 

You will of course have lung and other damages to your body but quitting now will really help to lessen any lifelong damage. Congrats on being 10 months smoke free! Don't worry about your past smoking and celebrate that you are in a much healthier place! 


April 2, 2014 - 1:21pm
Brent Sutton

i, i smoked for over 30 years, i am 44 now. i have tried to quit probably a dozen times or so. each time failing miserably and smoking more than before i tried to quit. this last time i was at 3-4 packs a day maybe a little more even. i tried the e-cig and so far so good. eventually i intend to stop that as well but for now its the far lesser of two evils. so anyone who wants to stop but has failed with other methods in the past id recommend giving this a shot. hope it helps

October 30, 2013 - 6:26pm
EmpowHER Guest

I'm 48 and I have been smoking for about 30 plus years. I have been smoking about 10-12 cigarets a day for the last 6 months, sometimes less then 10. I use to smoke a pack or more a day but I am ready to give up the remaining 10 per day for good. I am very nervous about quitting but I know I can do this!!! To anyone who has quit, GOOD FOR YOU !!!

August 25, 2013 - 7:51am
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