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How can I clean my lungs after quitting smoking?

I am a 36 year old male. I want to know how can I clean my lungs after quitting smoking?

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Usually takes 1 to 12 months after quitting depending on how many packs/years you smoked. The lungs have tiny-like hair structures that the main is to move the mucus out of the lungs. They start to regain function and cleaning the lungs by increasing the ability to move and get rid of the mucus. That’s why the smokers tend to have the morning cough where they are using the abdominal muscle to help to propel the mucus stagnated overnight while sleeping. Thank you.
If you stop smoking at your age, the lungs will "clean" themselves (i.e., the inflammation induced by smoking will usually resolve), though it may take a few weeks or months before lung function normalizes.
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The lungs will get better on their own. Some people may experience a slightly worsening of secretions momentarily after quitting smoking, but that should clear up on its own.
Being away from the toxins of smoking will help your body heal.

RB Thomas, MD