Smoking tobacco damages the lungs, but when you stop you are giving your lungs a chance to recover.
When you stop, your lungs improve in several ways:
- Breathe better: Within just two weeks of quitting, simple activities like climbing stairs can feel easier. Quitting will reduce the shortness of breath.
- Wheezing less: You will start coughing and wheezing less often between one and nine months after you stop.
- Get stronger: Very soon after you quit smoking, cilia, microscopic hair-like structures that help keep the airways of the lungs clear, can grow back. In addition to clearing mucus and dirt, cilia help the body fight colds and infections.
Quitting isn’t easy, and as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes, many smokers don’t quit on the first try. Use Monday as a motivation to quit and maintain your healthy habits throughout the week. Before you know it, you’ll breathe easier and your lungs will thank you.