Nurse Posts Video Of Smoker-Damaged Lungs Inflating And It’ll Make Everyone Want To Quit

We all know that smoking is bad for us and can lead to all kinds of health problems, especially with the lungs.

According to the CDC:

Smoking can cause lung disease by damaging your airways and the small air sacs (alveoli) found in your lungs.

  • Lung diseases caused by smoking include COPD, which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
  • Cigarette smoking causes most cases of lung cancer.
  • If you have asthma, tobacco smoke can trigger an attack or make an attack worse.
  • Smokers are 12 to 13 times more likely to die from COPD than nonsmokers.

Despite having access to this information, however, smokers don’t get to see the visible effects the habit has on their lungs. That’s why one woman decided to offer a disturbing visual example.

Amanda Eller, a nurse who lives in North Carolina, wanted to demonstrate just how much smoking can damage the lungs, so she created a set of videos that showed the real-world effects of smoking cigarettes.

Facebook / Amanda Eller

Eller sat two pairs of lungs side by side on a table. One was an ordinary pair of healthy lungs. The other came from someone who had smoked a pack of cigarettes every day for 20 years. The lungs were black and seemingly deformed in several areas. While the image alone is shocking, what she did next was even more illuminating.

Facebook / Amanda Eller

First, she inflated the healthy set of lungs, which rose and fell in the expected amount of time. Once the lungs fill with air, they must retain their shape for a moment in order to hold the air inside. Then it is able to travel to the rest of the body.

Posted by Amanda Eller on Monday, April 23, 2018

The smoker’s lungs filled up with air just like the other set, but they couldn’t keep their shape. Instead they fell back into their deflated form, almost instantly, demonstrating they had no elasticity.

“Because these lungs are COPD, cancerous lungs, the elastance is gone, so they will stretch out but then the recoil of them just snaps right back,” Eller explained.

Posted by Amanda Eller on Monday, April 23, 2018


Yikes! I’ve never been more grateful that I’m not a smoker.

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