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how long does it take for your lungs to heal after guitting smoking

By Anonymous October 14, 2012 - 11:34am
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I was just woundering how long lungs take to heal cause I was going to either quite or slow down, I want to start to excrsize again

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Hi Anon,

Welcome to EmpowHER. Someone who has spent a lifetime smoking may believe that it is too late to quit, but the body heals itself rapidly from the damage associated with smoking. According to the American Cancer Society, within 12 hours of quitting smoking, the level of carbon monoxide in your blood is the same as a nonsmoker. After a decade of not smoking, your risk of developing many types of cancers, suffering from a stroke or developing heart disease is similar to that of a nonsmoker. To speed the healing process, take positive action that will not only improve your health but also help reduce the urge to pick up a cigarette again.

Step 1

Commit to not smoking.

Step 2

Add breathing exercises

Step 3

Revamp your diet.  Add plenty of vitamin and mineral rich fruits and vegetables to your diet. You need to speak to your doctor, before starting any exercise program. 





October 15, 2012 - 4:53am

I believe the statistic is between 5 and 15 years. I know that's a general answer but I am sure it is different for each individual.

Marielaina Perrone DDS
Henderson Dentist

October 14, 2012 - 2:22pm
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