Credit: City of Johannesburg via Storyful
Video Shows Gruesome Difference Between Smoker’s Lungs and Healthy Lungs
A video has emerged showing the difference between healthy lungs and smoker’s lungs in gruesome detail.
Released by the city of Johannesburg for World No Smoking Day on May 31, the video above shows a woman holding up a pair of real lungs, presumably taken from a cadaver.
She then holds up smoker’s lungs, which are smaller, blackened all over, and with white cancerous spots.
She explains that smoking does not just affect the lungs but also the kidneys, bladder, mouth, and tongue.
More broadly, smoking was responsible for 100 million deaths in the 20th century, according to the World Health Organization. This is more than died in World War I and World War II combined.
Surprisingly, the WHO also said that tobacco companies still offer free cigarettes to teenagers aged 13-15 in many countries.
The WHO calls smoking an “epidemic” that kills more than 7 million people a year—one in 10 deaths.