started smoking when I was 12 years old and quit when I was 26 and
have not smoked since. I am now 51.
was saying that the damage I did to myself by smoking for 14 years
is permanent and the damage is continuous because of the damage done
to my lungs clearance system.
is my lungs are just getting blacker and blacker. I found this to
be a very disturbing and wonder how true it is.
not noticed any problems with my breathing. I am in excellent health
and exercise regularly and vigorously.
are a lot of scientific opinion about the subject.
being smoke-free for 10 months, lung function improves dramatically.
of the congestion from your lungs should be gone; the cilia have re-grown
in the lungs, and your risk for bronchitis has decreased.
hard to predict how long it will take for your lungs to be "normal,"
but you have already benefited your respiratory tract immensely.
how much you have smoked, you experience immediate benefits upon quitting.
While it is impossible to guarantee that you have not done permanent
damage, you were young enough to make a huge difference by quitting.
stay quit for 15 years, some studies suggest that your risk for lung
cancer is reduced to almost the same as someone who never smoked.
study explains why former smokers are still more prone to lung cancer
than those who have never smoked. It found that smoking causes some
permanent genetic damage.
still offers huge health benefits, researchers stressed, as the risk
to former smokers is much lower than for current smokers.
studies have found that prior smokers are at higher risk of some diseases
than never smokers.
The studies show that former smokers who had been abstinent for more
than 15 years had an 80 to 90 percent reduction in risk of lung cancer
compared to current smokers .
lung cancer risk remains higher than in the never smoker, even after
prolonged periods of complete abstinence from smoking. It has been
estimated that former smokers continue to have a 10 to 80 percent
greater risk than nonsmokers .