I am 39 years old and was a light smoker most of the time, chain smoker on weekends, and smoked weed every second night... Being a closet smoker, I only smoked at night (roughly 3 smokes per night during the week and wide open on the weekends).
I quit smoking all smoke products (Cigs/Weed) over 2 months ago and am still experiencing lung issues today. I have a pretty steady cough with phlegm only discharging in the mornings. My lungs are still not at full capacity but they've improved slightly in the last couple of weeks. I fully expect to recover from this as I quit smoking because I was wheezing and had this weird crackle when I would exhale fully... Thankfully, those 2 symptoms have vanished (after 2 weeks or so)... I was also tasting metal/blood when I was coughing for the first month of quitting. Now, it's only every once in a while that my persistent cough tastes metallic (progress).
It's easy to get scared and the Internet is a rough place full of lupus and syphilis. Dr. Google has terrible bedside manner so I thought I would share my situation.
I know it's not the truth but I felt like my health took a downturn after quitting smoking but after a couple of months, I'm finally starting to notice some progress. To quantify, I felt 90% the day I quit. I felt 80% the week after I quit. I felt 70% 3 weeks after. I felt 70% after a month. I feel 75% after 2 months.... Hope to keep trending upward and also hope to stop worrying about having lung cancer pretty much constantly.
One thing I know for sure is that I'm a non-smoker now and will never go back.
Thank you to those who have shared their stories. I took comfort in a few posts that I could relate to. Hope this helps someone. I will comment again in a month.