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 Any 20-a-day smokers quit?
If so, what method did you use? I quit by hypnosis. It has worked so far (over 2 months) but I am finding that the effects are starting to wear off and the cravings are coming back. How could I go ...

 Do all smokers eventually die or end up with Cancer?
Hello, as a smoker myself, I was just wondering if anyone who is a smoker evntually will die from it or get lung cancer or any other cancer from it?

In other words is it a must? I mean is ...

 Is chemo as bad as everyone says it is? Has anyone here experienced it?

 My father has just been told that he has to go for chemotherapy?
My dad has been told by the doctors that he has to go for chemoyherapy .He has just had some of his colon removed .They say it is d4n1 stage cancer ,the problem is that we dont know wat that is and ...

 Coping with a death.?
A few weeks ago i lost my Grandad to Lung Cancer. I've never lost anyone that i have been so close to and im finding it really hard to cope with. I've become really depressed lately and i�...

 How is a suntan good for you?
ok. im in year 10 and im doing a case study of skin cancer and if a suntan is good for you or not and iv got enough disadvantages but now i need one more advantage.
any ideas ?????????...

 Is it possible that a 14 year old girl could be diagnosed with breast cancer?

 How do you comfort someone who's child may be dying?

 Is it bad to back away from a family friend w/ cancer?
I don't want to judge ppl but like I am kind of freaked out by AIDS and now someone I know has cancer I don't really want to catch it or be around them. IS that bad? It just freaks me out!...

 I'm having a very bad day how could i calm myself?
i just cant find a way to calm and everything is falling ...

 My boyfriend has been diagnosed with cancer and is pushing me away. What do I do?
My boyfriend had a lump in his neck, and had to have various tests. The whole time he has been very distant from me, and at one point I even considered that he may be cheating. Monday just gone, he ...

 I Have Cancer, but I don't want to tell anyone, I feel alone?
Hi, I'm 18 and I have just been diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer,

My mom is the only person that knows, and I can't talk to her about it without her getting emotional. I have been ...

 Do Clowns suffer from Jesticular cancer?

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 Not sure whether i'm intitled to a bus pass for travelling to and from hospital.?
i spend a lot of time at several hospitals due to breast cancer and back problems, it's costs me a fortune, just wondered how to go about this.
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 I know a lady who needs your help. She had Chemotherapy and now smells odors which do not exist.?
She believes it is illegal drugs which she smells. It effects her day and night; she believes her neighbor is using and that is why she is so miserable. Do you know of a cure for this odor she is ...

 How do you Avoid getting Cancer?

 I have prostate cancer ( 6 ) I will have seed radiation but in the end how will I die ?
What about pain , wasting away , other health problems ?...

 How do I perform surgery on myself?
I think I think I have stomach cancer. How do I open myself up and I get it out? I don't have insurance so I can't go to a doctor. Thanks!...

 My Grandmother has lung cancer from smoking- is that passed down generation to generation??

 Where do tumors go after radiation?
I understand that they shrink and no longer clone themselves, but do those dead cells just reamain in the body or do they eventually flush out somehow?...

jack s
How long does your lungs take to clear after quitting smoking , i,ve smoked for 39 years whats my chance?

The sooner you stop, the sooner your system will recover. It's better to stop now than not stop at all. I stopped 20 years ago and I've been fine - my father died of heart problems associated with his 40 a day habit.

lil hands
jack i feel sorry but i think u are in a bad condition and sorry to say umight get something so just pray and be happy

My Doctor told me that I need 7 years to recover if I quit smocking.

Lou K
Depends on how old you are. Or so i have been told. Consult your doctor.

You should stop smoking as soon as possible, However, a lot of damage is already done after 39 years. They will not clear, but you cannot do more damage. Your lungs appreciate the chance to work for you. Just curious as to why your are thinking about stopping now?

talk to your doctor about that, i'm sorry i cant help

josei boy
Hello Jack s I do not know how long it takes for lungs to clear, but I can tell you that I used to smoke up to 60 cigs a day , I gave up cold turkey some 37 years ago , I'm almost 66 and I'm still here...............................the main thing is that you have given up........now enjoy every next day of the rest of your life which I hope will now be a long and healthy future.................good luck to you and your family

I heard two years.

After two weeks, you will feel very different. After 6 months, you will feel as if you never smoked (as long as you don't have emphysema), and after 5 years, you body will be completely clean. Good luck

I know someone who had been smoking for 60 years and managed to give up. I gave up after 20 years. It's all about willpower. If u aint got that then no amount of gum or patches will help you!

Well... the truth is after you start smoking your lungs will never rejuvinate themselves to those as if you weren't smoking. There isn't a certain time in which your lungs will clear.. it will, however, gradually clear more and more after time. You've made the right decision, though!

I suspect the rate at which your lungs cleanse themselves is dependent on you - - how much you exercise, your diet, your general state of health, other?

What you'll hear from a pulmonologist (lung doc) and if you're too late, an oncologist (cancer doc) is that in the short run the damage from smoking can be turned around. Unfortunately, you've been doin git for a long time. I'll bet my bottom dollor that you have emphysema or some other form of copd that is keeping your lungs from filling and emptying air. You just cant' smoke that long without getting it. After 20-25 years of smoking things won't reverse, only get worse from then on. I'm sorry to have to tell you that but that's the deal right now for you. I just lost my Dad last year to complications of that. He was 76 then. He had quit smoking 25 years prior but smoked for 30 years before that.

Probably not what you wanted to hear. Jeff the nurse in Nashville.

You may develop a 'chesty' cough after a few weeks because the cilia in the passages recover and start to move stuff out of the lungs. This is a good sign, but may not seem like it for a while.

Stick with it and you'll be able to do twice the exercise, like cycling and walking, that you used to.

I have heard that it takes between 2 - 5 years for the tissues to clear of tar, etc.
Obviously eating a sensible and high protein diet will further your good intentions: and daily high doses of vitamin C to flush out toxins.
Go for it!

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I smoked from the time I was 11 to about the age of 37....I quit a week before my birthday in 97 and am still feeling like it isn't quite out of my system yet.....I think it depends on your lung capacity and other things, (like where you live), to determine the time frame.

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