• Betty Betty
    December 09, 2009
    if a person quits smoking can their copd go away
    Betty Betty
    December 09, 2009

    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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  • TexasLinn April 07, 2014
    April 07, 2014
    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.   READ MORE
  • peter furrow June 29, 2011
    peter furrow
    June 29, 2011
    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.   READ MORE
    • esperanza
      May 13, 2012
      May 13, 2012

      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
      June 20, 2012
      June 20, 2012

      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.

































































































































































































































































  • tailspin37 December 12, 2009
    December 12, 2009
    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, John     READ MORE
    • tammieklein
      February 24, 2016
      February 24, 2016
      8 years ago my dr. said i had copd so i just smoke 2 vpack 1 night a year when i go see my freind in oh and go out 1 night a year 2 months go he took test and said the copd was going i told he are you sure ,he said yes i don't need to come back so i started to smoke again so what do you think about what he said READ MORE
  • skye2day March 17, 2016
    March 17, 2016
    Truly I think it would take a MIRACLE for copd to heal. I truly believe in Miracles. Jesus heals He Did when walking the earth and He is the same yesterday today and tomorrow. Why some get healing and another does not is Gods purpose and plan. I have prayed for healing. Eight years. God has sustained my life. copd is hard disease to live with. God is sooo good. I smoked allot smoke free 8 Plus years. I would b dead had I not quit.quit quit quit you do not want copd.b w READ MORE
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