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Wednesday, December 09, 2009 Betty, Community Member, asks

Q: if a person quits smoking can their copd go away

I would like to know if a person guits smoking can the copd clear up? I think the copd is mild to moderate in my case. i get short of breath easily with activity. 

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tailspin37, Community Member
12/11/09 7:08pm

Hello Betty:

    I also have Emphysema, and I asked my Doctor the same question.

My understanding of COPD is this.  If it is really early in the disease,

there can be some improvement by quitting smoking.  If it is more advanced,

and there is real damage done to the Lung tissue, quitting smoking will

slow down the progression of the disease, but it will not reverse it.

COPD is more of a mechanical problem  with the lungs, rather than

a viral or bacterial disease.    Think of it as a cracked mirror; if you stop

hitting the mirror, it will stay cracked, but it will not heal itself.

This is what we are up against with COPD.  

When I stopped smoking, I did feel much better after a few weeks,

because the Bronchitis eased up from not having to put up with

the constant irritation of the cigarette smoke and chemicals.

In either case, please continue to quit smoking.  If you do not,

than the COPD will get worse.  After all, COPD is the fourth leading

cause of death in this country.

Good Luck to You, with quitting, and your Precious Health,



peter furrow, Community Member
6/29/11 3:11pm

I was told i had copd back in 2004 so i quit smokeing and today i have normal lungs.just got letter back from doctor today .i can't believe it very happy thought it was my death sintence.


esperanza, Community Member
5/12/12 11:19pm

how long did you smoke for? i am 36 and have smoked for 16 years and am noticing myself getting short of breath and coughing up mucus sometimes, i want to quit but it is so hard,


jla, Community Member
6/19/12 8:51pm

I am 54 and smoked for almost 40 years. YOU CAN quit. If I can, anyone can.

Deal with only one urge to smoke at a time. Don't think ahead. As the urge comes tell yourself it will go away in a couple of minutes and try to find something else to occupy your mind with. In a while, the urges will be less and less frequent.

Oh, and praying helps a lot. I am pulling for you, good luck.

































































































































































































































































TexasLinn, Community Member
4/ 7/14 2:14pm

I had smoked nearly 30 years - pack a day then increased to chain smoking day and night. COPD progressed over last 10 years.  I quit in January and hoped maybe coughing  up clots might stop in 6 months, but to my amazement it was almost immediate!  In fact I did not even realize I had not been coughing until a few days after I quit.  Odd, I was not even trying to quit - I had lost hope of that years ago. On line I came across "The Easy Way to Quit Smoking" by Alan Carr on You Tube. An hour long presentation - lost desire to smoke so I bought his book as a back up. Anyway, I am just amazed that I quit smoking in the first place and secondly, that my COPD seemed to disappear overnight! Get the book; the author encourages smoking throughout until one finally gives it up at the end.  Amazing. Anthony Hopkins, Ellen Degenerus and other entertainers have used it successfully.  Losing my smoker's cough was a bonus - not a guarantee.  Good Luck to anyone who tries it.Cool


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By Betty, Community Member— Last Modified: 05/01/14, First Published: 12/09/09