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Posted by: Tim | 2012/07/05

Sick of stopping

In a recent article I read that the cyber doc. mentioned to a recent ex-smoker that " Occasionally, smoking may mask an underlying condition that only starts to become apparent once you stop."  Could the " conditions"  be elaborated upon?
I have heard this before - that once you stop, all gremlins come out and you may become very sick with lung infections, heart conditions etc.

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OK, just to clarify: it's not that stopping smoking makes you ill, but rather that it sometimes SEEMS to because in some people, as their bodies adjust to being smoke-free they may experience a wide range of symptoms, from tight chest to headaches. Underlying conditions could include anything from lung cancer to diabetes - it's just that as a smoker you may not have been aware of symptoms, or just put it down to smoking (such as a cough). Have no doubt: stopping smoking makes you healthier!

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Posted by: Stop Smoking Advice | 2012/07/14

OK, just to clarify: it's not that stopping smoking makes you ill, but rather that it sometimes SEEMS to because in some people, as their bodies adjust to being smoke-free they may experience a wide range of symptoms, from tight chest to headaches. Underlying conditions could include anything from lung cancer to diabetes - it's just that as a smoker you may not have been aware of symptoms, or just put it down to smoking (such as a cough). Have no doubt: stopping smoking makes you healthier!

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