Quitting Smoking AND Detoxifying Your Lungs – What You’ve Got To Look Forward Too

You gain many day-to-day quitting smoking benefits, some more immediate than others.

quitting smoking detox lungs benefits

Health benefits of quitting smoking

  • Your breath smells better (no more partners kissing an ash tray)
  • S tained teeth get whiter (don’t be afraid to show teeth when smiling anymore)
  • Bad smelling clothes and hair go away (see the 3rd Hand Smoke blog post below)
  • Your yellow fingers and fingernails disappear (The yellow, not the fingers of course!)
  • Food tastes better (oh what culinary delights await!)
  • Your sense of smell returns to normal (hey, those flowers do smell nice!)
  • Everyday activities no longer leave you out of breath –such as climbing stairs or light housework (and the more you work at it, following our Guides activities, the better it gets!)
  • Improved financial situation (calculate how much you’ve spent on cigarettes over the years you’ve been smoking… enough said)
  • Improved social acceptance (smoking is just NOT cool anymore – being healthy is!)
  • Improved health of others around you (family and friends)
  • 20 minutes after quitting: Your heart rate and blood pressure drops.
  • 12 hours after quitting: The carbon monoxide level in your blood drops to normal.
  • 2 weeks to 3 months after quitting smoking: Your circulation improves and your lung function increases.
  • 1 to 9 months after quitting: Coughing and shortness of breath decrease; cilia (tiny hair-like structures that move mucus out of the lungs) regain normal function in the lungs, increasing the ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce the risk of infection.
  • 1 year after quitting cigarettes: The excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker’s.
  • 5 years after quitting: Your stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker 5 to 15 years after quitting.
  • 10 years after Smoking Cessation: The lung cancer death rate is about half that of a person who continues smoking. The risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, cervix, and pancreas decrease, too.
  • 15 years after quitting: The risk of coronary heart disease is the same as a non-smoker’s.

You should note that the time periods quoted above often have an upper and lower limit.  The upper limit is the time it takes when a person has quit, but are not otherwise looking after themselves. THIS IS NOT YOU! The lower limit is for people like YOU, who are proactively looking to improve the time and chances of getting your health back as close to what it would be if you had never smoked. Your success in this effort of detoxifying your lungs is based on three things; the amount of damage you have done in the years you have smoked, the effort you put into following our Complete Lung Detoxification Guide Series will speed up your recovery with a lung cleanse, and improve your chances, and other complicating conditions you might have.

In my next post, we’ll look at what you might have done to yourself, and trust me, it’s not pretty.

Until then,

stay well, stay quit, and lung-toxin free.

~William Renolds

5 Responses to this post.

  1. Posted by ajay atri on 01.04.10 at 2:30 am

    IT IS BOING TO BE IOO DAYS OF QUITTING,CAN YOU GIVE ME SOME HOME REM IDESTO GET RID OF GRAYISH SPUTUM IN THE MORNING HOURS?
    AJAY ,

  2. Posted by jennifer on 01.04.10 at 2:30 am

    Ajay…the more you cough up, the better. This is your lungs way of cleaning itself. It has to go somewhere. I have been smoke free for 35 days now. I have been following the Lung detoxification guild along with an herbal detox pill. ALL I CAN SAY IS…..WOW : )

  3. Posted by RitaLynch on 01.04.10 at 2:30 am

    I’m just a few weeks into the program.I got a nice looseleaf binder,plastic page protectors, to put the pages of the ‘book’ that we all copied in.put them in Sat nite while I watched the race.. I never thought that I’d be quitting smoking….My nose is soooo dry right now,I was on oxyogen for a month,plus a few weeks when my oxyogen level went went down to 78….My lung doc will see me on May18th…She said if she sees thast I have been smoking…back on the oxyogen for me…Yes, they can tell…If something is supposed to be pink and she sees it red…plus the quick xray that they will take in office will show her lots of things…So it is better that I quit,I have smoked for some 50 years….yes, I’m an old one!!!!!I think that this is the place to come, talk, or send an email….The books we got are very well thought out and info given to us.They care about us, want us better. Yes, it is tough in the beggining….we have given up what we loved, and now are going thru some big hills to climb, but I think we’ll feel so much better in the end. Hang in there.

  4. Posted by admin on 01.04.10 at 2:30 am

    Thanks for the comment Rita!

    We are very glad you are getting a lot out of the guide. We hope your meeting with the doctor goes well. It is a tough road to start on but the rewards of healthier lungs are well worth the effort and pain in the short term.

    Thank you for your kind words and please keep us informed on how you do :)

  5. Posted by Robert Watkins on 01.04.10 at 2:30 am

    This article ,has hit it right on the head of a nail , The proof is in this article ,If I had know I was going to feal this great ,i would have never started,I bet if this was posted in many places like school ,newspaper on cig,packages,wow the results would surprise you,
    A smoker reading this time and time again ,could re-inforced the message to their brain ,and might just work ,
    Keep up the good work ,and keep me informed ,thanks a million time ,going to make a copy and frame it ,and pass it around Robert Wathins Wiarton ont Canada ,

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