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Surgeons Show What The Human Lungs Look Like After 30 Years Of Smoking & It’s Shocking
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Surgeons Show What The Human Lungs Look Like After 30 Years Of Smoking & It’s Shocking

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States. It accounts for almost half a million deaths each year, meaning that 1 in 5 deaths occurs because of smoking and its damage to the human body. Nevertheless, thousands of people continue to smoke despite the health hazards and numerous prevention programs.

People who smoke are twice as likely to have a heart attack and 30 times more likely to suffer from lung cancer, compared to non-smokers. However, anyone who has battled an addiction knows just how damn hard it is to quit. Well, hopefully, this imagery will make you reevaluate your lifestyle choices, all you smokers out there.

More info: CDC

A shocking video shows the charcoaled lungs of a person who smoked for 30 years

Image credits: Chen Jingyu

For comparison, healthy lungs should have a pink color, whereas these lungs seem extremely inflamed from years of tobacco residue clogging them up. The lungs belonged to a 52-year-old man who died because of multiple lung diseases. The video was captured by the surgeons and later posted with a caption ‘Do you still have the courage to smoke?’ The patient had signed up to donate his organs after death, but unfortunately, hospital staff quickly realized that they won’t be able to use them.

The man wanted to donate his organs, however, medics quickly realized that it won’t be possible

Image credits: Chen Jingyu

Dr. Chen, a lung transplant surgeon who led the operation, told the media: “The patient didn’t undergo a CT scan before his death. He was declared brain dead, and his lungs were donated shortly after that. Initial oxygenation index tests were okay, but when we harvested the organs, we realized we wouldn’t be able to use them.”

“Look at these lungs – do you still have the courage to smoke?”

Image credits: Chen Jingyu

“We Chinese love smoking. It would be impractical to say that we wouldn’t accept the lungs of all smokers, but there are strict standards. [We would accept] lungs from people under 60 years of age who have only recently died, minor infections in the lungs and relatively clean X-rays are also acceptable. If the above conditions are met, we would consider transplanting the lungs,” the surgeon added.

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Roger Haywood
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so glad I quit smoking in 2005. One of the best things I ever did. OK, my lungs may never be 100% ever again, but at least they never will be as bad as what is shown here.

Martha Meyer
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've heard it takes the lungs about seven years to clear up all the smoke residue when you stop smokinh. So your lungs probably look quite good these days!

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Barrie May
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I quit in June, after 25 years. I still want one, but I'm stubborn enough to keep going!

Louise Brigance
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Keep up the effort! It's hard, so hard. I smoked for 55 years and my lungs will never recover within my life span. Besides that I have COPD and lung cancer. Hard to say which one will kill me, but one of them will...and yes I still want a cigarette some days.

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John Louis
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will go to my grave wondering why people are so enamored with the process of taking what is essentially inhaling the burning fumes from a poisonous weed. We need new medical technologies to help smokers quit and further restrictions on the sale of cigarrettes.

C V
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because it produces a chemical reaction in your brain. Duh. And it's an addictive substance on top of that.

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Roger Haywood
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3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I'm so glad I quit smoking in 2005. One of the best things I ever did. OK, my lungs may never be 100% ever again, but at least they never will be as bad as what is shown here.

Martha Meyer
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I've heard it takes the lungs about seven years to clear up all the smoke residue when you stop smokinh. So your lungs probably look quite good these days!

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Barrie May
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I quit in June, after 25 years. I still want one, but I'm stubborn enough to keep going!

Louise Brigance
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Keep up the effort! It's hard, so hard. I smoked for 55 years and my lungs will never recover within my life span. Besides that I have COPD and lung cancer. Hard to say which one will kill me, but one of them will...and yes I still want a cigarette some days.

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John Louis
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I will go to my grave wondering why people are so enamored with the process of taking what is essentially inhaling the burning fumes from a poisonous weed. We need new medical technologies to help smokers quit and further restrictions on the sale of cigarrettes.

C V
Community Member
3 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Because it produces a chemical reaction in your brain. Duh. And it's an addictive substance on top of that.

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