The truth behind the smoker’s lung pictures — they’re fake

Churchmouse Campanologist

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 Davis has the full story on these photographs in ‘The Black Lung Lie’.

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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