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A Nurse Shared A Horrifying Video Showing The Damage Smoking Does To Your Lungs

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We all know how much damage smoking does to your lungs. And your circulatory system, and your heart, and your skin and hair and on and on. But while we know these things, in theory, we rarely see them in action. Amanda Eller is a nurse in North Carolina. She shared a video showing two sets of lungs: the lungs of a healthy non-smoker, and the lungs of a patient who smoked a pack a day for 20 years. I warn you, the video is incredibly difficult to watch. But if you’re a smoker and needed a kick in the ass to quit, this might be the video that does it for you.

Amanda shared the video to show people the dangers of smoking. I mean, REALLY show them.

Before you even watch the video, the difference between the two sets of lungs is immediately apparent. The lungs on the right are pink and healthy-looking. The lungs on the left, however, are the exact opposite. They’re blackened and flat and look like something out of a horror movie. They honestly look like they just came off the BBQ.

To demonstrate the difference between healthy lungs and smoker lungs, Amanda inflates each set with an airbag.

The healthy lungs blow up nice and big, and it takes them a while to completely deflate. The smoker’s lungs, which are cancerous and came from someone with COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) don’t hold any air at all. They inflate, not nearly as big, but the air leaves the lungs almost immediately. In the video, Amanda says, “The elastance is gone. So they will stretch out but then the recoil of them just snaps right back because there’s nothing left to hold them open.”

The video is pretty hard to watch, especially if you’re a smoker. But it’s necessary to see what cigarettes do to your body. If you need help quitting smoking, please reach out. There are resources available to help you.

(Image: iStock/Terroa)

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