At the moment when you put a cigarette in your mouth, it will start killing your body. However, coughs, as well as other warning signs usually prove too mild to make smokers kick the habit. But, maybe this video is going to help smokers. A nurse from North Carolina, named Amanda Eller, has shared a graphic comparison between healthy lungs and those of a heavy smoker. The difference is so eye-opening that closely to 500K people have already shared the footage on Facebook.
In the video below, it is easy to recognize which is which. The healthy lungs are pinky red and those who had a pack of cigarettes a day for 20 years look like a wreck which has been destroyed in a fire. A voice in the recording explains:
As these lungs are COPD, cancerous lungs, the elastance is gone, so they are going to stretch out, but then the recoil of them just snaps right back.
Elastance is the capacity of the lungs to rebound after inhalation. Reduced elastance means that the lungs are stiff and they have to work way harder to bring in sufficient air, leaving its processor breathless.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the overall mortality among both male and female smokers in the United States is approximately three times higher than that among similar people that have ever smoked. Cigarettes are the cause of about one of every five deaths in the United States each year, killing more than 480,000 people annually. But, it is never too late. For instance, quitting smoking before 40 reduces the risk of dying from the smoking-related disease by about 90%.
Amanda Eller, the nurse from North Carolina, uploaded the graphic video which has been shared 500,000 times in just a few days.
In order to show the difference between the lungs of non-smokers and heavy smokers, they inflated the healthy lungs.
Also, they made a video, illustrating that the healthy not just looks, but also works properly too. Then, it was the time of the cancerous lungs, damaged by 20 years of smoking a pack a day. The elastance was gone so that they would stretch out, but then the recoil of them will just snap right back. You can notice the striking difference.
This inspired a lot of people to share their stories.
While there were also people that still defended their habit.
Image credits: Amanda Eller