Most of my readers do not smoke.
It is time, though, that people — particularly children — realise that the photos of black or brown smoker’s lungs are fake.
Most people reading this will have seen them starting in primary school, as I did in the late 1960s. They are designed to shock.
Frank’s post covers a broad spectrum of commentary from medical professionals and includes photographs. A few excerpts follow, emphases mine.
From Kansas City to Tennessee to New York to the Netherlands to Germany, physicians agree that it is impossible to tell whether lungs belong to a smoker or non-smoker. As such, they can be safely transplanted into non-smokers. Whether the lungs ‘take’ is another question, but that is irrelevant to whether the donor was a smoker.
The exceptions to the lung condition…
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