Join the Meeting Place for Moms!
Talk to other moms, share advice, and have fun!

(minimum 6 characters)

How long after you quit smoking....

How long after you quit smoking does your lungs clear up? Also, what about smell and taste?

Answer Question
 
Anonymous

Asked by Anonymous at 12:35 PM on Feb. 7, 2011 in Health

Answers (6)
  • U will notice it because food and drink will taste better,and u won't be able to stand the smell of smoke or peoples clothes who do smoke!!!
    dancer

    Answer by dancer at 12:37 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • Stop smoking, and within...

    20 minutes: Blood pressure drops to normal; pulse rate drops to normal; body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal

    8 hours: Carbon-monoxide blood level drops to normal; oxygen blood level increases to normal

    24 hours: Chance of heart attack begins to decrease

    48 hours: Nerve endings start to re-grow; ability to smell and taste is enhanced

    emptynstr

    Answer by emptynstr at 12:40 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • ½ to 3 months: Circulation improves; walking becomes easier; lung function increases up to 30%

    3 to 9 months: Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease; cilia re-grow in lungs, increasing ability to "clean" lungs, reducing likelihood of infection; body's overall energy increases

    1 year: Added risk of coronary heart disease is now half that of a smoker

    5 years: Lung cancer death rate decreases by half

    10 years: Lung cancer death rate equivalent to non-smoker; precancerous cells are replaced by healthy cells; risk of other cancers (mouth, throat, bladder) decreases

    15 years: You are no more at risk of heart disease than if you never smoked!

    emptynstr

    Answer by emptynstr at 12:40 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • I was told a womens lungs will never clean themselves out,but that a mans lungs will. Some doctor told me that.
    MarGeee

    Answer by MarGeee at 12:59 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • I quite smoking 4 years ago this month. I was recently diagnosed with COPD. A lung test revealed that I have the lungs of a 74 year old. I was not a heavy smoker, nor consistent smoker.
    MrsDavid

    Answer by MrsDavid at 3:29 PM on Feb. 7, 2011

  • I quit 17+ years ago. It took a year before I didn't secretly want one anymore, and after that it was someone flipped a switch and I couldn't stand the thought of it, or the smell of it. I would never go back to it, I am so grossed out by smoking. I would say things tasted and smelled normally after maybe 6 months or so.
    bloomingsun

    Answer by bloomingsun at 12:26 AM on Feb. 8, 2011

Join CafeMom now to contribute your answer and become part of our community. It's free and takes just a minute.
close Join now to connect to
other members!
Connect with Facebook or Sign Up Using Email

Already Joined? LOG IN