The changes in your lungs caused by smoking are immediate. After every cigarette you smoke, the pulmonary cilia, which are responsible for clearing the lungs of mucus, dust and other substances, significantly slow down your work. Over time, mucus builds up in the lungs, clogs them and causes smoker’s cough. In addition to coughing, there is also coughing up phlegm.
Scientists from the American organization MEDspiration have proven that smoking one pack of cigarettes significantly affects the appearance of the lungs – the smoker’s lungs begin to blacken. The researchers performed the experiment – they applied 20 menthol cigarettes to healthy lungs closed in a transparent container. At the end of the trial, the pink lungs turned brown.
The effects of tobacco addiction are well known. Not only non-smokers, but also smokers know about them – recently they have been reminded of them by photos on cigarette packets.
Heavy smokers are much more likely to develop lung cancer, emphysema, asthma, heart attack, stroke, cataracts and COPD, which is a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Poles know by far the least about the latter disease. Meanwhile, COPD is one of the most common causes of death – it ranks fourth on the list and is caused primarily by tobacco smoke.