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Why do You Cough After Quitting Smoking

By Sara . Updated: January 16, 2017
Why do You Cough After Quitting Smoking

Smoking as we all know is bad for the smoker’s body and also for those who breathes the same air in which the smoker exhales. As awareness is increasing about the bad effects of smoking lots of people are trying to quit this habit. Often one can see that if a person quits smoking he/she starts to cough a lot for no apparent reason. Read this OneHowTo article in which we explain why you cough after quitting Smoking.

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Harms in repiratory tract due to smoking

While there are lots of adverse effects of smoking on our body; one of the worst effect is destruction of cilia in the respiratory tracts of our lungs. Smoking paralyzes or destroys thousands of hair like projection called cilia which covers the lining of our respiratory tract.

What are cilia?

Cilia are tiny hair like projection that can be found in the lining of our respiratory tract i.e. from nose till the lungs. When we inhale air lots of tiny impurities like dusts enters our respiratory tract. These impurities get trapped in the mucus layer which exists in the respiratory tract. The back and forth movement of cilia then acts like a broom and sweeps out the dirt filled mucus out of our respiratory tract. This helps in safeguarding the delicate tissues of lungs thus saving us from respiratory diseases and infections.

Why do You Cough After Quitting Smoking - What are cilia?

How smoking harms Cilia?

The smoke from tobacco does a great deal of harm to the cilia. The chemicals contained in cigarettes leaves a sticky yellow coating called tar in our respiratory tract and lungs. When tar starts building up in the respiratory tract it hampers the motion of cilia causing it to either die or paralyze. This causes inflammation in respiratory tract and triggers the production of mucus.

Why quitting smoking triggers coughing?

When we quit smoking the cilia revives and starts to grow again. The speed or growth of cilia is different for every individual. As cilia grow back it starts clearing the mucus from the lungs and respiratory tract. The faster the cilia grow back, the more intensely the person coughs. So, coughing after you quit smoking is actually a sign that the healing process had begun in your body. You might also experience shortness of breath. But as time passes your phlegm production will decrease and you can see improvement in shortness of breath.

But if the coughing persists for more than a few weeks then you must consult a doctor. Also, if the coughing is accompanied by fever, pain, wheezing or blood in phlegm then you must consult your doctor as soon as possible.

Speeding up the healing

If you want to speed up the healing process of your body after you quit smoking then the best way is to keep yourself hydrated. Drink plenty of water and fruit and vegetable juice.

If you're quitting smoking and would like more information, read this article and find out how to cleanse the lungs after quitting smoking.

This article is merely informative, oneHOWTO does not have the authority to prescribe any medical treatments or create a diagnosis. We invite you to visit your doctor if you have any type of condition or pain.

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