How Smoking 30 Packs Devastates Your Lungs

The video experiment posted by Chris Notap on Youtube is an analogy of what can happen to your body, particularly your mouth, throat, and lungs when you smoke a pack of cigarettes a day for 30 days.

About the experiment

A glass dome is filled with cotton balls to embody a person’s lungs while a hole in the front acts as a person’s mouth. There is also a small hole at the base of the dome with a tube (representing the throat) connected to a suction pump.

A cigarette is inserted in the hole and the suction pump mimics the act of smoking. The smoke fills the glass dome (“lungs”) and then the smoke is “exhaled” via the tube. Each stick is smoked ¾ of the way and the glass dome is cleared of smoke before the next cigarette is lit. The process is repeated until thirty packs equivalent to 600 pieces of cigarettes are consumed.

Experiment results

Although it’s not a scientific experiment and just an analogy, the results are loud and clear. Here are some of the eye-opening outcomes:

  • After 10 packs of cigarettes, the black tar goo accumulated in the tubes.
  • After 20 packs of cigarettes, the black tar goo overflowed and got drawn back into the pump, which affected the apparatus.
  • After 30 packs, the clear glass dome turned black and the plastic tubes were clogged with black tar goo. The white and dry cotton balls transformed into spongy balls of black tar with an appalling smell.

Harsh truths about smoking

Every year, approximately 87,600 Filipinos die due to tobacco-related diseases. The latest Global Adult Tobacco Survey (GATS) shows that the number of current tobacco smokers aged 15 years and above decreased from 17.3 million Filipinos (28 % of the population) in 2010 to 15.1 million Filipino adults (19.5% of the population) in 2021. The reduction of tobacco ads, promotions, and sponsorships, plus the price increase of tobacco products are some of the factors that contributed to the decline. Although the number of smokers decreased, smoking among Filipinos remains prevalent.

According to the American Lung Association (ALA), cigarettes are composed of approximately 600 different ingredients, many of which are toxic (at least 69 can cause cancer). When a person inhales cigarette smoke, the individual ingests these harmful chemicals, including ammonia, carbon monoxide, and hydrogen cyanide.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking increases the risk of cancer, Type 2 diabetes, lung diseases, stroke, heart disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Smoking may also lead to other health problems like certain eye diseases, tuberculosis, and immune system issues, including rheumatoid arthritis.

Furthermore, did you know that smoking can also lead to premature aging? A study conducted on twins shows that smoking ages your face faster. The study reveals that smoking reduces collagen formation and skin elasticity which causes premature aging. Aside from making you look older, the chemical called tar can also stain the teeth, giving them a yellowish tinge.

Non-smokers are also in danger because secondhand smoke can cause stroke, lung cancer, and coronary heart disease in adults. Children who are exposed to secondhand smoke are at risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), middle ear disease, more severe asthma, respiratory infections, and slowed lung development.

Life is short, make it last

The video is just an analogy but it depicts how smoking 30 packs of cigarettes can devastate your lungs. Just imagine how much more damage hundreds or thousands of packs can do.

Approximately 87,600 Filipinos die every year because of tobacco-related diseases. If you’re a smoker, you can reduce the risk of premature death by quitting smoking. Life is too precious to smoke away so quit while you can. If you’re a non-smoker, avoid secondhand smoke to prevent the risk of certain health issues.

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