I would like to know if there are any statistic for lung damage.

Such as, What is the Average percentage of remaining or Loss of Lung capacity, for Smokers ------------ that have never had Pneumonia.
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replied June 29th, 2013
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Ronnapi,

The extent of damage to the lungs from the use of tobacco depends upon several factors. These include the amount of smoking the person has done (cigarettes per day), how many years the person has smoked, and the type of tobacco used (pipe, cigarettes, cigars). There is also a genetic factor (if parents smoked and sustained significant lung damage, then the offspring will probably also).

Though lung cancer gets most of the headlines, it is actually COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; emphysema, chronic bronchitis, and the like) that causes the most problems.


Also, some studies have shown that if a person stops smoking before significant COPD or cancer develops, the damage to the lungs maybe reversible.

Good luck.
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replied June 29th, 2013
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Thanks, I know all that.
I was looking for any studies that may have an "Average percentage".
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replied June 30th, 2013
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Ronnapi,

There is no average for all smokers, mainly because there is such a wide range of how much and what people smoke. You cannot compare a person who smokes just a pipe to someone who smokes cigarettes. Or, someone who smoke a couple a cigarettes a day to someone who smokes a couple of packs a day.


And, again, there is the genetic factor, so even if you compared only smokers of two packs of cigarettes a day to one another, some patients will develop health/lung problems quickly while others will never develop any problems (very lucky).

Here is an article that you may find interesting:

"Oxidative Stress, Cell Death, and Other Damage to Alveolar Epithelial Cells Induced by Cigarette Smoke"

Aoshiba K, Nagai A

TOBACCO INDUCED DISEASES Vol. 1, No. 3: 219-226 (2003)



Hope that helps some. Good luck.
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