I'm already coughing due to smoking. Does the coughing get better when I quit?
Welcome to our community!
To answer your question: YES - almost as soon as you quit, the coughing will improve and usually it goes completely away (unless you have already done permanent damage)......I have no idea how long you have smoked.
The important thing you can do right now is to educate yourself on what nicotine does to your body and mind. To that end, I highly recommend Allen Carr's “The Easy Way to Stop Smoking.” This is an easy and entertaining read. You can search for it online or at your local library. If you do nothing else to get ready for your quit, please do give this a read.
You should also read the posts here and perhaps go to the pages of folks who you think might be helpful. You might visit whyquit.com, quitsmoking.com and livewell.com for the good information contained there. @https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/groups/best-of-ex has lots of blogs written by members of this site with their experiences and guidance. Here is a video to inform you further about nicotine addiction: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpWMgPHn0Lo&feature=youtu.be.
After you have completed the recommended reading, it will be time to make an informed choice of the quit aid, if any, you will use. If you go that route, I personally recommend the aids that don't let the addict control the dose such as the available prescription drugs or the patch. If used properly, gum, lozenges and inhalers are fine, but they need to be used only as a last resort after you have tried to delay and distract. I have seen folks become addicted to them if they substitute them for every cigarette they used to smoke - just trading one addiction for another. You need to start out with a plan to reduce use of them over time - which the patch does by decreasing the dose contained in them.. For the gum, you can start by cutting each piece in half, then in quarters, then sub regular gum of the same flavor in between, adding more and more regular gum. For the lozenge, you need to start subbing a mint in between to begin, increasing the number of them over time. I do not recommend the e-cigarette for four reasons: 1) the vapor has been compared to the polluted air in Bejing on a bad day, 2) they just provide another nicotine delivery system while continuing the hand to mouth smoking motion, 3) the batteries can spontaneously catch on fire and 4) you can become addicted to that and it has not yet been proven safe .
It will be informative if you do the tracking and separation exercises recommended here on the site. As you track each cigarette smoked, note its importance, and what you might do instead. Put each one off just a little to prove that you don't NEED a cigarette just because you think you do.
The idea is to change up your routines so the smoking associations are reduced. Drink your coffee with your OTHER hand in a place different from when you smoked. Maybe switch to tea for a bit. If you always had that first smoke with your coffee, try putting your tennies on right out of bed, going for a quick walk, then taking your shower and THEN your coffee! Rearrange the furniture in the areas you used to smoke so the view is different. Buy your gas at a different station. Take a different route to work. Take a quick walk at break time where the smokers AREN'T. You need to distract yourself through any craves. You can take a bite out of a lemon (yup - rind and all), put your head in the freezer and take a deep breath of cold air, do a few jumping jacks, go for a brisk walk or march in place, play a computer game. Keep a cold bottle of water with you from which to sip. Don't let that smoking thought rattle around in your brain unchallenged. Sometimes you need to quit a minute or an hour at a time. You will need to be disciplined in the early days to distract yourself when a crave hits. Get busy! Here is a link to a list of things to do instead of smoke if you need some fresh ideas: https://excommunity.becomeanex.org/blogs/Youngatheart.7.4.12-blog/2013/02/25/100-things-to-do-instead-of-smokeThe conversation in your head in response to the "I want a cigarette" thought needs to be, "Well, since I have decided not to do that anymore, what shall I do instead for the three minutes this crave will last?" Then DO it. You will need to put some effort into this in the early days, but it gets easier and easier to do.
Stay close to us here and ask questions when you have them and for support when you need it. We will be with you every step of the way!
Yes, It completely stopped with me. I coughed when I laughed or on my first drag of a cigarette. I did not cough a lot. I don't cough at all I quit 4 yrs 9 months. BTW Welcome to EX.
Welcome and YES coughing does get better and OUTTA HERE - hang in there - just keep drinking water - to flush all toxins OUT of YOUR body - CONGRATS ON NICOTINE FREEDOM- WAY TO GO - Yahoooooooooo - gentle hug
Hello and Welcome to Ex’s...Sugark111
Anything out of the ordinary should be checked out by a Doctor. However, quitting should improve your cough. I had the cough after I quit smoking and it turned into a sinus infection and upper respiratory infection...I coughed up a lot of yuck...so you can have coughing after quitting, but it should improve with time...
Be sure to do the work that Nancy Youngatheart.7.4.12 above me suggested....set your quit date, prepare for it like no other, and become knowledgeable on the subject of quitting. Keep close to the support site to encourage others in their journey and to get help. We are in this together...You are Worth the quit...~ Colleen 295 DOF
Perhaps, it gets a bit worse before it gets better... but it gets way better! Welcome to the Ex, where everyone is striving to be a quitter!
I will be honest and say the coughing will get better. Just give it time and let your lungs heal. It is a tough road but you will eventually overcome it
Hello, Sugark, and welcome to this site.
That constant, irritating "smoker's cough" was a big reason I wanted to quit smoking. Who needs to be coughing ALL THE DANG TIME?? Right?
So, I put down the smokes, drank lots of water, sucked on a straw to ease the cravings - and coughed worse than ever.
It was my body's way of getting rid of the crap in my lungs and sinuses. I smoked for the better part of 25 years, so there was a lot of crap to clean out. I am on day 55 now, and the coughing and sinus problems have pretty much cleared up. I am breathing better than ever. I just did a bicycle ride with friends in the Allegheny Mountains and couldn't believe how much my lungs have improved in just a short period.
So, the short answer is YES!! The cough will get better. The full answer is: Yes, the cough will get better eventually. But it might get worse, first.
Although it's not common, some people seem to cough more than usual soon after stopping smoking. The cough is usually temporary and might actually be a sign that your body is starting to heal.
Tobacco smoke slows the normal movement of the tiny hairs (cilia) that move mucus out of your lungs. When you stop smoking, the cilia become active again. As the cilia recover and the mucus is cleared from your lungs, you might cough more than usual — perhaps for several weeks. However, cough and most other respiratory symptoms, such as mucus production and shortness of breath, continue to improve for up to a year after stopping cigarette smoking.
In the meantime, you can speed the process by staying well-hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids, such as water, tea and juice. Taking a couple of teaspoons of honey at bedtime and increasing the humidity in the air with a humidifier or vaporizer — particularly in cold weather — might also help. But there's no reason to suppress a cough with medicines unless it affects your sleep or causes extreme discomfort.
Consult your doctor if the coughing lasts more than a month or you cough blood.
source: Mayo Clinic
Edited by Mark to add source link
How are you doing with the coughing? I haven't seen you around in a few days.
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