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

By Bargain Lover 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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Great decision, yes of course, you can beat smoking habits. In starting days, you will feel some difficulties such as headache, discomfort, etc. So, be careful and take advice from your nearest doctor.

May 16, 2016 - 4:30am
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I smoked for 40 years. The last 20 I cut to less than half pack then quarter pack, sometimes only a couple. I stopped lots of times. Last time I stopped in October. I always thought that once I smoked in moderation all was ok. I was in good health. On Thanksgiving, massive heart attack, widow maker. I was lucky, a stent, no damage and a fresh chance. Doc said I did everything right except smoking. I feel great now. No cigarettes for four months, running in cardiac rehab. Quit and stay quit. It's never too late

February 17, 2016 - 7:29pm
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Welcome everyone! I recalled that year about this time when I joyed this forum. Good news I too quit after smoking for 30+ years now at age of 51. I will never go back to starting smoking. Prayer changes things and that is what it took for me to stop. Blessing to all and good luck! You have the power to quit!

October 16, 2015 - 8:09am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Well done! Quitting is so hard! Thank you for checking in!


October 16, 2015 - 3:27pm
EmpowHER Guest

Hi TO All ...!!!
As me and my friend has decided to quit smoking today. We were smoking about 4 years . When we saw the pics on the internet and the side affects of cigarettes we were shocked and decided to stop it as it would be better for us .

So , it is Our appeal to others smokers to Quit it today by breaking all the cigarettes and throwing the lighter and match box from their pockets. it is only to way to ending this habit.

October 16, 2015 - 7:16am
EmpowHER Guest

I have been smoking for 15 months, about 10 cigarettes per day. I am only 16 years old and I'm quitting today. How long will it take for my lungs to recover?

June 29, 2015 - 7:13am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

You have taken the first important step. Stick with it.

Here is the link to a timeline slide show, "What Happens When You Quit Smoking"


June 29, 2015 - 8:43am
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

i smoked for 25 yrs and i am a non smoker as of jan1st 2016 for 5 months i quit cod turkey woke up one day and told myself im tired of not be able to breath i just hope my brain chemicals will in time repair and start to heal my name is cynthia coyne i live in california

December 18, 2015 - 10:39pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

Hi - I stopped after 25 years too (50 cigs a day by the end) almost exactly the same time as you. I have been taking Glutamine, multi-vitamins, vitamin C and Omega three and find the really help. In the last month I am suddenly feeling my brain is really getting back to normal and lungs are starting to really work. I hope you have the same!

January 16, 2016 - 2:52pm
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Hey so I wanted to know a couple of things.
I've smoked cigarettes for alosmt three years, about 7-8 a day, maybe more. However I feel things in my body the way they shouldn't be. One day after a good cannabis session and a few cigarettes, my right hand felt really weak and I couldn't move it. At all. And there was no control in my fingers. And it wasn't really a bad trip.
Apart from that, my toes look a litte bent and I can barely sit cross legged anymore for more than a few minutes. And there are times when I can feel the pulse and blood flow in my legs. Is it possible that my veins and arteries are clogged or something?
What can I do someone tell me? I'm only 20 and there's a lot I wanna live for.

June 26, 2015 - 5:49am
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