What Do Your Lungs Look Like From Smoking?

I don’t know if I’ve ever thought about what my lungs look like, but after reading this article I’m pretty sure they are not looking too good. This article will give you an inside view of your lungs and how smoking cigarettes can damage them over the years. It’s really scary to think that all these years of smoking has taken a toll on my body in such a way that it may be irreversible- let me explain more down below!

This is a question that I get asked frequently. The answer may surprise you, as it did me when I first saw the images of my lungs from smoking for 25 years.  Here are the pictures: http://imgur.com/gallery/SrAQI3o#0  They look like something out of a horror movie with black spots where my healthy alveoli used to be and massive holes everywhere else. At least now I can quit with confidence that quitting was worth it!

Just like every other organ in the body, your lungs take a beating from smoking. No matter how long or how much you’ve smoked, chances are good that you’ll see some damage when we look at your chest X-rays and CT scans. Here’s what it looks like:

Tobacco smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death in the United States.  Smoking cigarettes for just a few years can lead to lung damage and cancer, and this risk increases with each year you continue to smoke.  In fact, most people who die from cigarette smoking-related illnesses have smoked for more than 20 years.  It’s never too late though; quitting now can still help lower your chances of developing lung disease or another tobacco-related illness later on in life.  To understand how quickly smoking damages your lungs, take a look at what they might look like after only five years!

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