How quickly lungs recover after quitting smoking

I have covered various health topics already in my blog so I thought I would add advice and information about stopping smoking to this because smoking is a global ‘problem’ and so many try to stop smoking but struggle so I would like to give you an insight on the health benefits of quitting smoking by working with vaping company to bring you a collaborative post!

Deciding to quit smoking is a big deal, but one that’s totally worth it. If you’ve decided to take a step towards a healthier life, congratulations. We understand that the road won’t be an easy one to follow and that you probably have a thousand questions about what changes your body will go through. But that’s ok, it’s totally normal to feel anxious about it. Walking through unknown territory is always intimidating.

One recurrent question that people have after quitting smoking, is how long will it take for their lungs to recover? Smoking causes damage to your lungs, among other things, by inflaming the airways and creating more mucus that can lead to chronic coughing.

I know a bit gross right, but we have to be aware of this stuff!

That’s why the idea of being able to breathe normally again and improve your quality of life is pretty exciting.

No matter how long you’ve been smoking for, after quitting your lungs will work much better. Let’s explore the recovery process that your lungs will go through step by step.

  1. 24 Hours

It only takes one day to start feeling the benefits. If you can go 24 hours without smoking, you’ll see that you’ll be able to inhale and exhale more deeply. You can use it as motivation to continue without smoking because your lungs will only get better and better from now on.

  1. 48 Hours

Two days after quitting, the cleaning process will begin. During this stage, your lungs will start to clear out mucus and clean themselves from any other smoking waste. Producing extra mucus has never been more exciting {okay probably not but at least we can try!!}.

  1. 168 Hours

After one week without smoking, some people experience an increase of coughing episodes. But that’s totally normal. That increment is due to your lungs starting to clean themselves. You can help your lungs with this process by increasing your fluid intake, which will facilitate the clearing process.

  1. 336 to 504 Hours

After 2 to 3 weeks, you’ll be able to improve your breathing while exercising. You’ll no longer feel breathless. Hurrah! Now you can take the stairs up to your office with a big smile on your face.

  1. One Month

After one month without having a cigarette, your lungs are in full repair mode and their breathing capacity increases by 20%. You’ll now be at a lower risk of lung infections.

Think things can’t get any better? Keep reading. You’ll be amazed by how incredible your lungs are during this recovery process.  

  1. One Year

After one year, the moving cilia in your lungs – a microscopic hair-like structure that keeps the airways clear of dirt and mucus – will now be functioning like the ones from a non-smoker person. You’ll not experience coughing episodes anymore and you’ll be able to fully breathe again.  

  1. Five Years

This stage is a really crucial one. To congratulate you for going five years without smoking, your lungs will replace all the pre-cancerous cells with healthy ones.

Reducing the risk of lung cancer. How amazing is that?

  1. Ten Years

Bravo! Your lungs will be just like a non-smoker’s lungs after ten years. Your risk of acquiring lung, throat or mouth cancer is reduced by half. You’ll also experience an improvement of your taste and smell senses.     

During this 10 year recovery process, you can also help to clean your lungs. By doing breathing exercises, following a workout program and a healthy diet, you’ll improve the healing of your lungs.

Now that you’ve read all the benefits that quitting smoking has for your lungs, are you determined to give that big step? Excited but don’t know where to start?

Doctors recommend starting a Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) which will help you to overcome nicotine cravings facilitating the process. For that, you can try a vaping kit. It will help you reduce your nicotine intake in a less painful way than patches. Quite a deal, eh?

Always remember to consult with your healthcare provider if you need help with this process. Have you experienced any of this positive side effects? Tell us about your experience in the comment section below.

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One comment on “How quickly lungs recover after quitting smoking”

  1. Alice Riley says:

    This post has completely put me off smoking- good work!

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