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Footage Shows The Lungs of 52-Year-Old Chain Smoker

Many people worry about their health only when they face a certain health issue, and neglect the recommendations of doctors. If you immediately thrust this aside, think about the billions of people worldwide who do not even consider quitting smoking.

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Doctors and experts are constantly warning about the numerous potential threats of smoking, but smokers seem to find it easier to ignore the advice than to give up cigarettes.

Yet, they might be shocked to see the footage of the tar-blackened lungs of a 30- year long tobacco addict. They have been inflamed due to decades of tobacco residue and in a charcoal color.

The man died from multiple lung diseases, and his lungs were removed by doctors at the Wuxi People’s Hospital in Jiangsu, China. The patient was an organ donor, but doctors soon realized the lungs were useless for transplanting.

The extraction was recorded on video by the surgeons, and the hospital uploaded it with the caption: ‘’Do you still have the courage to smoke?’’ It was viewed over 25 million times, hailed as the ‘best anti-smoking ad ever’.

Dr. Chen, a lung transplant surgeon and vice president of the facility, who led the operation, said:  

‘’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.

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.’’

Professor Peter Openshaw, of the National Heart and Lung Institute, believes that the patient had been suffering from lung pulmonary emphysema, which expanded the lungs and they became severely inflamed, leading to shortness of breath.

He also explained that medics may also have inflated the lungs with air or fluid before harvesting them for a donation which would make them much larger than a normal deflated lung postmortem.

Dr. Chen shared the video on social media with the hashtag ‘jieyan’, Mandarin for ‘quit smoking’.

He wrote:

‘‘Many smokers in this country have lungs which look like this. Our team decided to reject these lungs for transplant. If you’re a heavy smoker, your lungs may not be accepted even if you choose to donate them after death. ’Look at these lungs – do you still have the courage to smoke?’’

A 2018 study conducted by China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention showed that 26.6 percent of the country’s population above the age of 15 are smokers.

In 2017, the World Health Organization reported that tobacco use causes 7 million deaths around the world per year.

Smoking is the main cause of avoidable cancer, and the smoke produces chemicals that cause at least 15 different forms of the disease. It is the cause of more deaths than any other cancer.

Shocking footage shows the BLACK lungs of 52-year-old chain smoker who puffed a pack a day for 30 years. (Wuxi People’s Hospital in Jiangsu, China)[By Connor Boyd Health Reporter For Mailonline 17:08 GMT 18 Nov 2019]

Posted by Mohammad Hossam on Monday, November 18, 2019

Tobacco remains legal even though it is confirmed that nicotine is more addictive than most other drugs and that smoking kills about millions of people every year. People who smoke are twice as likely to have a heart attack and up to 30 times more likely to get lung cancer.