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I quit smoking just over 2 weeks ago. About the third day, I started coughing up thick phlegm 8 -10 times a day with brown and tan flecks in in it. The phlegm itself is a milky color. The amount has subsided, but it does still continue, now with mostly tan flecks.

Has anyone else experienced this? If so, do you know what the cause is?


I too think it's just your lungs clearing out the garbage that was left in there, which would mean it's a good thing, I think. If it doesn't go away, then by all means, see your Dr. I didn't cough up anything, or ever cough AFTER I quit, but, I used to cough up that same brown thick phlegm WHILE I was smoking. I quit 2 and 1/2 years ago, and I wish the very best of luck to all of you new quitters!!! :) Stick with is SO worth it!!

I have a friend who smoked cigarettes often, marijuana multiple times a day, and a few other things too for years. This guy still hocks up some awful black/brown phlegmballs and he stopped smoking over half a year ago. He had this issue while he was smoking, too.

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