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Joel and many others were having some difficulty posting to the board last evening. Here is his
"I had a similar question posed at the AskJoel board. Here is my answer from
Much of the discoloration of the lung will remain, although the chemicals deposited do start to lose their
potency. Where the real benefit of quitting can be seen is at the cellular level. While the underlying tissue remains discolored and destroyed, the lining
tissue of the bronchus does in fact return to normal and is cleared out. While this may not look impressive to the naked eye, it is of great importance--for
this is the tissue where the vast majority of lung cancers actually occur. That is why quitting smoking and allowing this tissue to regenerate plays such a
paramount factor in reducing the risks of developing lung cancer.
The article Smoking's
Impact on the Lungs explores this issue--again at a macro and microscopic
Read that article and if you then have any follow-up questions feel free to get back in
Watch the suggested videos above. They will also give a lot of insight into this issue.
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