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Recovering lost FEV1 when still young?
Hi there,

Can anyone tell me- Does lost FEV1 come back if you stop smoking before you're 30? My respiratory specialist told me they don't diagnose COPD in people under 35.

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The short answer is no, nobody can tell you that.

There are a lot more factors involved besides just age, such as:
Were you exposed to second hand smoke growing up?
How old were you when you started smoking?
How much do you smoke?
How much smoke do you take in with each drag, and how deeply do you inhale?
Do you also smoke other things? (new studies show marijuana is harder on the lungs than tobacco).

Hopefully, you are asking because you have quit smoking, and just want to know if your lungs will return to normal. If you are asking because you are still smoking, and just want to know when you should count on having to quit, you are making the same mistake I made. and I have a clear plastic tube following me around the house now.

(Sorry if this sounds harsh or unsociable, but I am 52, have emphysema, and am still trying to get smoke free - as of this post, I have been smoke free for 26 hours).
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Thanks for the response Michael.

Dont worry about sounding harsh- honesty is appreciated.

I hope you can stay off them and get the most out of life.

All the best,

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Are you able to come to some kind of conclusion yet?
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I meant did you get the answer you were seeking ?
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