Smokers may (or not) be shocked by footage showing the tar-blackened lungs of a 30 year long tobacco addict.
Healthy lungs are usually pink whereas the lungs of the 52 year old man is a charcoal color and inflamed from decades of tobacco residue.
The lungs of the man, who died from multiple lung diseases were removed by Doctors at the Wuxi People’s Hospital in Jiangsu, China.
The surgeons recorded the extraction on video and viewed more than 25million times on social media, hailed as the ‘best anti-smoking ad ever’.
The hospital uploaded the video with the caption: ‘’Do you still have the courage to smoke?’’
The patient was an organ donor which is why his lungs were being removed but medics realized immediately that the lungs were useless for transplanting.
Dr Chen, a lung transplant surgeon and also 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.’’
According to Professor Peter Openshaw, of the National Heart and Lung Institute, the patient had been suffering from lung pulmonary emphysema, causing the organs to expand and become severely inflamed, causing shortness of breath to sufferers.
He explained that medics may also have inflated the lungs with air or fluid before harvesting them for donation which would make the much larger than a normal deflated lung postmortem.
Dr Chen loaded the clip to 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?’’
According to a 2018 study by China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 350million adults (27 per cent) are smokers.
In England, around 5.9 million adults smoke tobacco (one in seven adults), down from 7.7million (one in five adults).
Smoking is the biggest cause of avoidable cancer, the smoke producing chemicals known to cause at least 15 different forms of the disease and is responsible for approximately 70 percent of all cases of lung cancer and the cause of more deaths than any other cancer.
In spite of nicotine having been proven to be more addictive than most other drugs, and the fact that smoking kills around 1.2 million people every year, tobacco remains legal to grow, manufacture and sold all over the world.
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