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Old 09-15-05, 06:34 AM   #26
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What i dont understand is why smokers quit after smoking for so many years... Have'nt the damage already been done(black lungs). It's not like your lungs will repair itself. Or will it?????
Anyone care to educate me?
At 20 minutes after quitting:

* blood pressure decreases
* pulse rate drops
* body temperature of hands and feet increases.

At 8 hours:

* carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
* oxygen level in blood increases to normal

At 24 hours:

* chance of a heart attack decreases

At 48 hours:

* nerve endings start regrowing
* ability to smell and taste improve

At 2 weeks to 3 months:

* circulation improves
* walking becomes easier
* lung function increases

At 1 Year smoke free:

* excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

At 5 years:

* from 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

At 10 years:

* risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
* risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
* risk of ulcer decreases

At 15 years:

* risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
* risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked
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Old 09-15-05, 08:54 AM   #27
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What i dont understand is why smokers quit after smoking for so many years... Have'nt the damage already been done(black lungs). It's not like your lungs will repair itself. Or will it?????
Anyone care to educate me?
Your lungs can repair themselves from a cetian point. You taste things much better, smell things much better, breathe better, more energy, and have more money each week too! I
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Old 09-15-05, 09:05 AM   #28
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this is like some sort of sign, last night, my g/f and i were saying that we need to quit. i will pick up some sort of aid on the way home from work and give it a shot. i've tried cold turkey, but i couldn't deal with it.
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I quit in 1987. Smokeless for 18 years now. Would you believe it - I still dream about it - that I'm busy smoking and mentally kick myself?
You too? WOW. I finally found someone who has that dream too. It's been 24 years and I still have that dream - but not as often as I used to.
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At 20 minutes after quitting:

* blood pressure decreases
* pulse rate drops
* body temperature of hands and feet increases.

At 8 hours:

* carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
* oxygen level in blood increases to normal

At 24 hours:

* chance of a heart attack decreases

At 48 hours:

* nerve endings start regrowing
* ability to smell and taste improve

At 2 weeks to 3 months:

* circulation improves
* walking becomes easier
* lung function increases

At 1 Year smoke free:

* excess risk of coronary heart disease is decreased to half that of a smoker

At 5 years:

* from 5 to 15 years after quitting, stroke risk is reduced to that of people who have never smoked.

At 10 years:

* risk of lung cancer drops to as little as one-half that of continuing smokers
* risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney, and pancreas decreases
* risk of ulcer decreases

At 15 years:

* risk of coronary heart disease is now similar to that of people who have never smoked
* risk of death returns to nearly the level of people who have never smoked
I quit 24 years ago. At the above rate, if I would have quite 20 years sooner I'd live forever!
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Old 09-19-05, 05:22 PM   #31
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What i dont understand is why smokers quit after smoking for so many years... Have'nt the damage already been done(black lungs). It's not like your lungs will repair itself. Or will it?????
Anyone care to educate me?
I feel better for it. My chances of haveing a heart attack are cut in half within 24 hours after having my last cigarette. Yeah. Im sure I damaged my lungs by smoking. But I feel better knowing that I'm not hurting them anymore. Its never to late to quit smoking according to the American Lung Association.
you sound like some of my smoking pals at work when I first announced that I kicked the habit and told them I'll be taking my breaks inside from now on. Know what I mean?
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