Well, As my experience and internet research has shown, is yes, your coughing and wheezing will continue for a while, but it's different for everyone. It will eventually stop. From what I understand, you have a buildup of tar in your lungs. slowly, that will start to come out. Increased phlem will occur during the quitting stage. My wheezing actually got worse when I first stopped analogs, but then slowly got better. After 3 months, it has almost all gone away.
There is one very adverse side effect of switching to E-cigs that has never been fully addressed, and has been kind of pushed aside in most of these conversations. The blatant disregard of this information is almost criminal and should be reported to the FDA for further investigation. Oh, that one side effect? You get to find out how bad your wife's cooking really tastes!
...criminal.. just criminal.....
I remember when my mother quit smoking... she had smoked over 20 year 2+ packs daily. Her cough and hacking got worse. She quit cold turkey it was back when there were no patches or alternatives. She would cough worse crap up than when she was smoke for awhile... probably months. I was young so I dont quite remember but I really remember her struggling over the fact she appeared to feel worse but the doc told her it was her lungs healing themselves.
It was weird for me. I wheezed with smoking and once i started on my ecig the wheeze left but only for a week or so, then it came back and i was confused. However about 2 days later i woke up and hacked up a lot of yuck. Then i have no wheeze for a few more days. I have noticed since then that when i have a couple wheezing days i end up hacking up some really large yuck. So i am thinking it has to do with all that tar and crap breaking up, off and out of my lungs.
It takes a while to break up all of the built up tar and oils that have collected in your lungs. For a heavy smoker it will take a month to 3 months to clear your lungs out. Then there is the healing that takes place too, with your damaged lungs newly exposed to air it will take a while for them to heal, so you may have occasional chest pains and coughing fits when breathing heavy as well. The healing process could last up to 6 months.
And those of you talking about noticing the difference on short walks or climbing stairs are really missing out.
I've been into rock climbing and mountaineering for more than 20 years. Climbed and hiked at 10,000+ feet with lungs half full of tar for years. Last summer I went to Colorado and went hiking at 12,000 feet for the first time since quitting smoking, and even my 12 year old daughter was having trouble keeping up with me. Hiked the 10 mile round trip route to Hallet Peak, and felt amazing at the top.
Ironically, I picked up a hat that says "Got Oxygen?" while I was there.
You have to remember that it took you all those years of building up that gunk in your lungs. It'll take a while to get rid of it. I still have mornings that I get the rattle in my chest and have to get it out. I find myself talking during the day and feel the rattle too! It is completely normal and should subside after a couple of months. It will only get better with time. So will your smell and breath to get out and do more! I went for a walk with my 13 year old son the other day and after climbing up and down hills in the woods, he had to stop and breathe. That was a first for me. I will cough up crud forever in order to have that happen to me again. The little things in life are the most important!