Smoking is the leading cause of chronic lung diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is a great reason to quit. Once you’ve quit smoking, you may start wondering about the tar that’s built up in your lungs. In fact, you may be asking yourself, “Does tar stay in your lungs forever?” Our health care team at Lung Health Institute can help you answer this question.

Why Tar Is a Problem for Your Lungs

At Lung Health Institute, our health care team knows that quitting smoking is one of the keys to stabilizing your lungs’ health. However, the problem with smoking is that some of its effects can take a long time to recover from. For instance, your body may eventually remove the tar from smoking from your lungs, but it may take a long time. Tar is what the toxic particles left behind in your lungs by burning tobacco are called, and this substance is one of the worst parts about smoking. For one thing, tar contains many of the 7,000 harmful chemicals included in cigarettes, including carbon monoxide, ammonia and hydrogen cyanide. Another problem with cigarette tar is it forms a physical layer in your lungs that damages the cilia in your respiratory tract. Cilia are tiny hairs that line your trachea, and their job is to catch and remove pollutants. However, the layer of tar from smoking damages the cilia and allows more pollutants to enter your lungs. Once you’ve quit smoking, your cilia can take anywhere from 1 to 9 months to heal. However, the tar that caused the damage in the first place can take even longer to leave your lungs. One source claims that for every 6 years you smoked, it takes 1 year to remove that amount of tar from your respiratory system. This means it would take 6 years for the body to remove tar from the lungs of a person who has smoked for 36 years.

Lung Health Institute May Be Able to Help COPD Patients Who Have Quit Smoking

Our health care team at Lung Health Institute knows quitting smoking is a vital first step in treating chronic lung diseases like COPD. We also know that several of the services we offer may benefit patients with COPD. One service we offer is cellular therapy, which is an innovative and natural treatment option you should consider if you have COPD. Cellular therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that uses concentrated platelets and cells from your body to target lung disease. These platelets have healing properties that, when combined with other cells, may help to heal damaged tissue and reduce inflammation in your lungs. A second service we offer that may help you treat COPD is our 3 Anti-Inflammatory Initiative™ plans. In these plans, we’ve brought together a variety of lifestyle tips and other helpful information that may have significant benefits for your COPD. For instance, these plans may allow you to take control of your health by boosting your immune system. They may also allow you to train your body to use healthy fats to fight lung inflammation. Are you ready to find out more about how the services we offer at the Lung Health Institute can help you? Contact one of our patient coordinators today for more information or to schedule a free consultation.