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    Why do I experience shortness of breath AFTER quitting smoking?

    I have COPD and did not experience such shortness of breath until a month or two AFTER I quit smoking. Why is this? Shouldn't I be feeling better?
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  • Dr Peter Solin

    Respiratory & Sleep Medicine Physician

    Dr Peter Solin is a highly trained authority in sleep disorders medicine and respiratory medicine, having graduated from Melbourne University in 1987 and undertaken specialist … View Profile

    You probably stopped smoking at a time that you were about to develop systems, and one followed the other. In general, lung function does recover a little bit after smoking cessation. That's due to the hair cells being better able to clear mucus, and the lung, the airway cells producing less mucus and irritants.

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