I Quit Smoking 5 Days Ago. Is It Normal To Be…?









…Coughing violently every morning like I’m still smoking 20 a day?
For the first hour or so when I get up, I’m coughing and sneezing like mad and a bit out of breath.
Is this anything to worry about or is it my lungs trying to sort themselves out after all the abuse I’ve subjected them to?
I’m fine after about an hour or so and had started to feel the benefits (not out of puff when I exert myself etc), but this morning I feel dog rough.
Still not going near another ciggie again, though.

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14 Responses to “I Quit Smoking 5 Days Ago. Is It Normal To Be…?”


  1. quornand Says:

    WELL DONE, YES ITS NORMAL. YOUR BODY JUST GETTING RID OF TAR N NICOTINE. YOU ARE SO AMAZING JUST THINK HOW MANY CIGARETTES YOU HAVEN’T PUMPED INTO YOUR BODY, IF YOU SMOKED 20 A DAY THATS 100 CIGGIES YOU HAVE NOT HAD…. KEEP IT UP I PACKED IN 4 YRS AGO AND ADMIRE ANYONE FOR DOING IT.

  2. parsnips Says:

    It’s totally normal that you are coughing in this way. When you smoke the tar that you inhale sticks to your lungs, on top of the all of the other tar buildup- so if you smoke every day that gunk just keeps adding up. After you quit the gunk loosens up and you are able to get rid of it by coughing violently. It’s a good thing, you’re actually healing, though it doesn’t feel like it! Good luck and congratulations on quitting! I know it’s hard!!

  3. BODGE IT AND SCARPER Says:

    Yes, I suspect you will cough for some weeks, but it should get better, unless you’ve picked up a chest infection – that isn’t necessarily smoking related!!!! It is winter now and the bugs are rampant….. I quit smoking about 7 years ago, and I think it took me about 6 months before I started to notice any real effects on fitness improvements. Hang in there, each day is a day smoke free, benefits are slow to manifest, but long term effects are great. Just look at your bank balance after only one month, and you’ll see great benefits there….
    Good luck.

  4. theimagi Says:

    I’m proud of your determination! It is normal, because the tar buildup in your lungs is loosening and they are naturally clearing themselves of some of the leftover toxins.
    Eventually you will stop coughing and feel even better than you do now.

  5. thebeerm Says:

    I gave up smoking last christmas and for months I was coughing up phlegm and finding it hard to breathe.. I came across this .. take a two spoonfuls of Cider Vinegar in honey every morning this will help loosen up the Phlegm.. Stick with it girl, it will pass…. P.S. still not smoking..

  6. Liberated from the Midlands Says:

    You have cilia, little hairs in your lungs that move to shift the crap out. Smoke paralyses these, but once you stop they go back to work. That is why you are coughing, so hang in there. You will feel so much better. And so much fatter, lol.

  7. Girl Says:

    Yes, that’s normal. It’s even normal to cough up phlegm and black bits. I knew someone at my high school who didn’t smoke for a couple days and he kept coughing and told me he was coughing up junk.

  8. Babz Says:

    Your lungs are still clearing all the accumulated muck out, once all the gunge is out you’ll feel much better and your health will improve dramatically. You’ve done brilliantly, stick at it.

  9. dustuhbu Says:

    your lungs are maybe already ****** up, its a good thing you stopped smoking though. best of luck. maybe go see a doctor and get that checked out!

  10. mtnglo Says:

    Yes, that’s normal. It’s miserable, but your body is trying to heal itself. Hang in there. It gets easier.

  11. Anonymous Says:

    Thats the norm, congrats by the way, your body is trying to get over the lack of nicotine.

  12. Bryan W Says:

    Yes (sometimes for many weeks)

  13. Heather Says:

    Yes it’s normal your lugs are just clearing themselves out!
    goodluck and DONT start back up!

  14. heyy.chl Says:

    yup.

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