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#1 sue



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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:06 AM

Hi, I am a newbie and I am curious as to whether anyone has the facts about lung restoration. I am a 32 y/o female who has smoked on and off for the last 14 years. Mostly on. Really only off during my four pregnancies. Smoking was about my only unhealthy habit for all of those years. I would go to they gym and work my butt off for 2 hours and come home to a protein shake and a Parliment Light. On my worst of times, I smoked a pack a day. Usually my habit was about 10 cigs per day. I was clean for the past 15 months and then broke down and smoked this week. I feel so stupid. I ground them up today and they are gone. For good. I am seeking support and knowledge as to whether my lungs have a chance for restoration. Any replies are greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:16 AM

Welcome Sue,
Congrats !!!!! You have made THE most important decision in your whole life to quit smoking.

Besides your lungs getting better, you can expect the following to improve, too.

Stop Smoking Recovery Timetable

Your body's ability to mend is beauty to behold!

Within ...

20 minutes: Your blood pressure, pulse rate, and the temperature of your hands and feet will all return to normal.

12 hours: Your blood oxygen level will have increased to normal and carbon monoxide levels will have dropped to normal.

48 hours: Damaged nerve endings have started to regrow and your sense of smell and taste are beginning to return to normal.

72 hours: Your entire body will test 100% nicotine-free and over 90% of all nicotine metabolites will now have passed from your body via your urine. You can also expect the symptoms of chemical withdrawal to have peaked in intensity. Your bronchial tubes are beginning to relax thus making it easier to breathe. Your lung capacity has also started to increase.

10 days to 2 weeks:
Your body has physically adjusted to again functioning without nicotine and the more than 3,500 chemical particles and 500 gases present in each and every puff.

2 weeks to 3 months:
Your heart attack risk has started to drop. Your lung function is beginning to improve.

3 weeks to 3 months:
Your circulation has substantially improved. Walking has become easier. Your chronic cough, if any, has likely disappeared.

1 to 9 months:
Any smoking related sinus congestion, fatigue or shortness of breath have decreased. Cilia have regrown in your lungs thereby increasing their ability to handle mucus, keep your lungs clean, and reduce infections. Your body's overall energy has increased.

1 year:
Your excess risk of coronary heart disease has dropped to less than half that of a smoker.

5 to 15 years:
Your risk of stroke has declined to that of a non-smoker.

10 years:
Your risk of death from lung cancer has declined by almost half if you were an average smoker (one pack per day). Your risk of cancer of the mouth, throat and esophagus has now decreased.

15 years:
Your risk of coronary heart disease is now that of a person who has never smoked.

Take care of you, Patti
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#3 sue



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Posted 16 January 2009 - 12:20 AM

Great inspiration. Thank you.

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