By the way, doctor: I quit, so why am I coughing?
Q. I stopped smoking several weeks ago, and now I find that I'm coughing a lot. Is that normal?
A. Yes, coughing awhile after you quit smoking is actually pretty normal. People who have quit smoking may have other problems for a time, too: sore throats, frequent sneezing, and sometimes sores inside the mouth.
It doesn't seem quite fair, but the cough — especially — is a good sign that your airways are beginning to heal. Hang in there!