Coughing/ Phlegm when stopping smoking

Coughing/ Phlegm when stopping smoking

Smoking paralyses the tiny hairs, or cilia, which line your windpipe and helps to clear dirt and mucus out of your lungs. When you stop smoking, the cilia start to work properly again and so you may experience more coughing and phlegm. If you can imagine all those hairs laying flat for so long and now that you've stopped they kind of say "right lads, let's get back to work again" and as they start to move it causes a dry tickle... This is a positive sign of recovery, showing that your body is getting rid of the tar and toxins which smoking has left in your lungs. These symptoms may last a while but can be soothed by drinking plenty of water or using sugar-free boiled sweets to help keep your throat moist.

However, if you're coughing persists and you become worried; please make an appointment to see your GP.

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  • Hi ya Emjay :)

    Yep, that is so right Emjay, cos I know, I've tried quitting enough times eh :o But I will tell everybody, that it does pass after a couple of days, then you will feel the benefits of quitting :) :)

    Pete :)

  • *bumped up for newer members :-)

  • *bumped up for Teric :-)

  • Thanks for the lovely info I started having an cold then been coughing since but my cold has gone a bit now

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