How Many Cigarettes to Make Your Lungs Black?

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Have you ever stopped to think how much time a person loses when he smokes a cigarette? According to a study published in the US National Institutes of Health’s National Library of Medicine (NIH / NLM), the answer is approximately 11 minutes.

Although it is obviously gross, the account made by the researchers follows an interesting logic. Assuming that the average smoker consumes about 3 quarts of a pack per day, he will buy about 5,700 cigarettes per year.

How Many Cigarettes to Make Your Lungs Black.


As the user usually begins smoking at age 17 and the average life expectancy on the planet (at the time of the survey) was 71 years, one arrives at the impressive number of 311 thousand cigarettes smoked over 57 years. Did you follow this far?

Well, assuming the average smoker dies, on average, 6.5 years earlier than the non-smoker, that means that his life will be 3.4 million minutes shorter.

Now, just divide this time (3.4 mi) by the amount of cigarettes smoked during the life (311 thousand), which takes us to the 11 minutes previously mentioned.

For people who prefer to view the issue more clearly, a video recently produced by the anti-smoking organization MEDInspiration shows how a human lung pair gets after consuming 20 cigarettes, that is, approximately one pack. (You can watch it at the end of the story).

At the beginning of production, doctors show two healthy organs inside a box absorbing the smoke of a cigarette through a tube. The same procedure is then repeated 20 times.

To give some measure to the viewer, a doctor shows a healthy, totally white trachea. Finally, it cuts the trachea of the lungs that have been exposed to the smoke so they can be compared. As you can see, the result is impressive.

The WHO estimates that 5 million people die each year from diseases caused by cigarettes, which is expected to increase to 10 million by 2020. According to the Cancer Institute, smoking causes 200,000 deaths a year in Brazil alone.

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