My dad has been smoking tobacco for quite a long time. Probably going on 30 years by now. But he quit smoking 6 months ago and starting chewing tobacco instead... So anyway, my question is will his lungs repair themselves while he's chewing tobacco?
From smoking to chewing
I would think so. He's still getting nicotine in his system which keeps his addiction and it's certainly not good for the lips and gums, but I would think the lungs would recover with the lack of smoke.
What happens to the body when you quit smoking
Within 20 minutes of smoking that last cigarette, the body begins a series of changes that continues for years.
Blood pressure drops to normal
Pulse rate drops to normal
Body temperature of hands and feet increases to normal
Carbon monoxide level in blood drops to normal
Oxygen level in blood increases to normal
Chance of a heart attack decreases
Nerve endings start regrowing
Ability to smell and taste is enhanced
2 Weeks to 3 months
Walking becomes easier
Lung Function increases up to 30 percent
1 to 9 Months
Coughing, sinus congestion, fatigue, and shortness of breath decrease
Cilia regrow in lungs, increasing ability to handle mucus, clean the lungs, and reduce infection
Body's overall energy increases
Excess risk of coronary heart disease is half that of a smoker
Lung cancer death rate for average former smoker (one pack a day) decreases by almost half
Stroke risk is reduced to that of a non-smoker
Risk of cancer of the mouth, throat, and esophagus is half that of a smoker's
Lung Cancer death rate similar to that on non-smokers
Precancerous cells are replaced
Risk of cancer to the mouth, throat, esophagus, bladder, kidney and pancreas decreases
Risk of coronary heart disease is that of a non-smoker
taking from http://www.alahv.org/what_happens.html hope it helps
Drink 'till she's cute, but stop before the wedding!!