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Old 12-12-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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I developed a cough after quitting, is this normal?

Hi, all.

I'm 24-years-old. I smoked for about five years with an average of five to seven cigarettes a day. It wasn't a lot, but it was enough, so I quit about a month and a week ago.

Thus far, I have not had any cravings or real signs of withdrawal. The one thing that has happened is that, ironically, I've developed a cough that sometimes produces mucus. This seems to be going away, but three weeks after it started, it is still there to an extent.

I'm going to the doctor tomorrow for a check up, anyway, but I'm just curious as to whether or not this is normal. My thought was that maybe all that garbage piled up inside of me for five years is trying to come out now that I'm not stuffing it down more and more.

Any thoughts?

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Old 12-13-2007, 05:54 PM   #2
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Re: I developed a cough after quitting, is this normal?

From wat i was told, ur right. My dr told me that after i quit my lungs would try to expell the nastiness that i had been cramming into them fer so many yrs. I only quit fer 3 yrs but it was long enuff to get a lotta nasty coughing fits. It actually helped me feel better to get that stuff out. I breathed ezr too. Try stayin away from mucus causing drinks fer a while too, coke, milk, ice cream. These can intensify the mucus that comes out & it's really nasty. Shane

Old 12-13-2007, 10:44 PM   #3
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Re: I developed a cough after quitting, is this normal?

It's not just that the gunk is coming out, but that it is able to get out. Smoking destroys the cilia that enable mucous to exit the respiratory tract, and after you quit smoking, they grow back. Now that they are coming back, they are going to work and doing the job that they couldn't do for the years that you smoked. It passes, and you'll be back to normal soon enough.

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