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Pink Lungs vs. Black Lungs

I'm a long-time cigarette smoker, having enjoyed every lung-filling, nicotine and tar infused pleasure puff I've ever inhaled since way back before most of you were born. I think it's a safe bet that my lungs are no longer pink nor probably have they been for quite a few decades. As much as I continue to enjoy filling my lungs with burning tobacco fumes, the cost of a pack has become so high that I recently decided to begin rolling my own. So I went on You Tube to get some tutorial information and found several, anti-smoking videos posted with the obvious and shameless intent to scare people from smoking.

On one video a couple of doctors or morgue technicians are holding up a couple of pairs of lungs recently cut out of human cadavers. One pair, presumably from a non-smoker are pristine pink and the other, presumably from a heavy smoker are darkened black. I assume the producers of this graphic demonstration intend to scare all smokers and would-be smokers into swearing off cigarettes immediately. But then I thought; What good are pink lungs to a cadaver? That his/her lungs were pink at the time of death is a moot point since he/she is dead in any event just like the person who's lungs were black when he/she expired.

I guess my point is that when it comes to pink lungs vs. black lungs, death is imminent and inexorable for all of us, smokers and non-smokers alike. Since there's no way to escape death, we might as well be the cadavers who, while alive, enjoyed the continual pleasue of filling our respatory organs with the sensational satisfaction of nicotine and tar infused, cigarette smoke. I mean, do you really want to deny yourself the pleasures of smoking just so you can die with pink lungs? The choice is yours. I say; keep lighting up and smoking your way to a satisfied and pleasured life and avoid dying with pink lungs by any means.

You only live once.... right?

I agree. It's a smoker's life for me :)

Yep I'd prefer to smoke

I am proud of being a smoker and accept the consequences too.


Filling your lungs with that thick, rich, nicotine-filled smoke is what it is all about. Taking deep drags and sucking the smoke into the deepest parts of your lungs will ensure that your body gets all of the nicotine that is needs from each and every cigarette. The pleasure I have from lighting up 30 time each and every day of my life is all of the reward that I need. Black, tar-filled lungs are one of the by-products of the habit - it's a choice that we all make every time we inhale. But the pleasure it worth it.

Smokers having black lungs

Smokers having black lungs is a myth. They only turn black when you have lung cancer.

black all the way

big deal, we all know the risks about smoking and the damage it does, I am happy with that and knew all about the risks before i started. So i love the idea of having lungs that match the colour of my leather jacket, I love black leather so I love my black lungs

reply to Pink Lungs vs. Black Lungs

Like the Rolling Stones say, "Paint It Black."

black lungs

i love inhaling that thick rich smoke in my lungs, turning them black. taking deep drags and holding it in until theres nothing to exhale. let your lungs absorb every bit of that amazing tar. my grandmother is 102 yrs old and been smoking since she was 17. so dont tell me smoking will 100% kill you. :) i will smoke forever.

Good point

There is only a relationship between smoking and disease, not causality. Spot on!!

Black lungs

I have smoked for a lot of years and just the thought of my black tar filled lungs makes me want to smoke some more. I truly love inhaling large amounts of smoke right to the bottom of my black lungs. Our whole family has black tar filled lungs and enjoy filling them with smoke over and over again. I love my black lungs and intend to keep them that way!

It speaks for

It speaks for itself

I don't believe any of the

I don't believe any of the black lung propaganda. The antis are notable for gross lies and minor distortions.

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Pink lungs vs black lungs

For me smoking is not just the nicotine it is the act of inhaling the smoke. Nicotine can be had with patches, gum and other ways, but there is nothing takes the place of actually inhaling the smoke deep into my lungs. Only those that smoke can understand that feeling. I have a friend the thought that she wanted to quit smoking, tried patches, gum and perscription medication, and some times all three at the same time and still wanted to smoke. She said, when I ask her why she was still smoking with all the substitutes, she said that what she really liked about smokeing was the smoke, the act of inhaling smoke into her lungs and then exhaling it out and the nicotine was just an extra of the experience. I agree, the act of filling my lungs with smoke is the greatest, black lungs and all.

I love my black, tar filled lungs!

I am so happy that I have tar filled, black lungs :) Every time I think about how my heavy smoking has turned my lungs black and filled them with tar it makes me so happy and proud to be a heavy cigarette smoker! Every time I suck on a burning cigarette I know im giving my lungs exactly what they need to feel as good as possible. My lungs crave the harsh, hot, thick tobacco smoke my burning Marlboro Red 100s give them. I am so happy in life knowing every day im going to be constantly pumping cigarette smoke in and out of my black, tar filled lungs :)

Black Lungs

Anything that has been exposed to a lot of smoke over time turns dark brown, so it would only stand to reason that our lungs would be at least dark brown, if not black. Nevertheless, so what. I love the feeling of smoke in my lungs, I try to hold that smoke in the my lungs for as long as possible, knowing exactly what it will do. Plus, just last night I read that each cigarettes takes off between 5 - 20 minutes of our life span and again, so what. We all die.


I just started smoking again about a year ago, and I am trying to make up for lost time. While smoking is so enjoyable, it is the knowledge of what I am doing to my lungs that really makes me crave smoking. I have been smoking cigars and inhaling, and when I do not have unfiltered cigarettes, I have been removing the filters. I want my lungs to be my filters. Anyhow, I have had more chest tightness and that shortness of breath, but that only tells me my lungs and body are getting what they need, thick black, tar filled smoke.

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Proud Heavy Smoker has it about right, I think. Will the nonsmoker, with his/her pristine lungs, be any less dead? And I also heartily agree with smokeylo: it's not just the tobacco flavor, or the nicotine buzz, or the relaxation, all of which are pleasures. However, for me inhaling cigarette smoke is an indispensable and irreplaceable pleasure. For that reason alone, I would never want to quit.

So what you mean is

I am just starting to smoke, and I am liking all the talk about how good it is, and wow, you only live once, and yeah I agree, might as well do things to make it interesting and more pleasurable. I can't wait to be an addict!

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so it is

I always wonder if Antis show us the difference between smoking and lung Non smoking lung. What did we say we die.

When we are born, God has given us two lungs, they are gorgeous pink, soft and supple. We are now enjoying the smoke of cigarettes and inhale the smoke over many years, our lungs are black, tar is deposited, I think about the amount of tar that I should have my smoke in my lungs would (according to calculations) I already weigh tons, I do not. Of course, my lungs are black, that does not bother me, so be it.

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so it is

According to a study I read a while back, the average smoker retains approximately a half a cup (measuring cup) of tar in each lung. The rest we caugh up and is goes away. This is probably true because if we retained all the tar we inhale into our lungs, our lungs would be completely full of tar and no room for air or more smoke.

Love my lung candy

Black lungs for me. Love everything about smoking. My mom has been smoking for 48 yrs, me 22. She recently had a health check up and came up healthy as a whistle. When I read this to her, it got us excited. I went to her house and we proceeded to chain an entire pack each of our beloved VS120's and even smoked a big fat cigar. We will never quit. The blacker my lungs, the better. We only live once. Why should I quit? I am going to die anyway!!!

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I don't know what color my

I don't know what color my lungs are, and I don't care. Pink ... Black ... or something in between, doesn't matter to me. All I know is that I just effing love smoking. I estimate I've smoked at least 240,000 cigarettes so far, and I'm looking forward to the next 240,000!

Damn, Winston. That's a lot

Damn, Winston. That's a lot of smoking pleasure. I just calculated that, if I keep smoking like I am, it will take me nearly 20 years to get to 240,000 cigarettes. That's faster than I thought. But I'll enjoy it, one smoke at a time.

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When I posted that comment,

When I posted that comment, it was probably closer to 248,000, which was why I wrote "at least" 240,000. But it took me over 34 years to reach that point. When I was your age, I was smoking about 30 cigarettes a day. It took me three years from when I started smoking daily to reach that level, and I remained at that level for only about three years before my consumption dropped to about 20-25 per day. I think it is fairly normal to smoke more while you're a young adult and then taper down somewhat once you get a little older.

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I got out my calculator and

I got out my calculator and it would appear that I have smoked about 325,000 by now. If the average cigarette contains 10 to 12 drags then I have inhaled smoke about 3,250,000 times. If that hasn't turned my lungs black nothing will. I also breath just fine and love every time I inhale more smoke into my black lungs!

Pink Lung vs. Black Long

I would be interested to know how long it might take to get black lungs for someone
smoking Marlboro red vs. someone who smokes something like Carlton.

Nikkigirl22's picture


Pink is Totally my Fav color!! :-)

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Well I don't inhale and I

Well I don't inhale and I exercise a lot so they will always be pink! I love pink 2. One of my bumper stickers on my Mercedes is pink and it says "iLove Howard Stern". I also got a pink key chain for my car key and house key.

I love pink!

smokeylo's picture


If you keep inhaling smoke into your pink lungs, they won't stay pink for long. Since you can't see your lungs anyway, you can still like pink even though your lungs are turning brown or black.

Nikkigirl22's picture


Yes, I always inhale. i cannot smoke without inhaling. you are totally correct. We cannot see them anyways! smoke away!


The black smokers lung is and has always been a misrepresentation. This is a misrepresentation or an exaggeration of what Emphysema and/or Pneumoconiosis (Black Lung Disease) may look like. Historically, coal minors developed these kinds of diseases. This does not mean that every person who smokes have lungs that look disease and dead.

I found this article online that talks about it.

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I have read several studies regarding the "black smokers lung". Some agree with you and some say different. One study I read said that by the time you have smoked a pack of cigarettes for a year that your lungs are already stained a gray/brown color and will stay that way for ever even though it does not effect how well they work. I personally believe that you can't keep filling your lungs with smoke which leaves some residual tar in them and not have them change color. In either case, I love smoking no matter what color my lungs are and I still believe that smokers have dark dirty looking lungs.


Many speak of smoking damage and the desire to experience it, well tonight it has become at least in a small part, reality. I just chain smoked two packs of Pall Mall filters, half of which I removed the filters. I know we all love the pleasures of smoking, but after several cigarettes, the pleasure is lost and the desire to achieve lung damage becomes paramount. The first were very enjoyable, but as the number increased, the desire to force tar and the other harmful chemicals into my lungs took over. Unless, you sincerely desire to damage your lungs, you cannot appreciate the thrill and overwhelming desire that exists to damage not just your lungs, but your entire body. My lungs are burning and my breathing is labored, but this is exactly what I desire. Ironically, in a few hours after some sleep, my body will crave to be bombarded with the lovely, yet poisonous smoke that comes from these cancer sticks. I ensured I smoked two at time and that I inhaled as deeply as I could, while at the same time holding those wonderful harmful chemicals in my lungs. I know that only someone sincere in their desire to achieve lung damage can appreciate what I am saying. My body no longer belongs to me, but to my cigarettes. I once was concerned that I was denying my grandchildren, by engaging in such dangerous activity, but no longer care. My smoking, cigarettes and desire for lung damage outweigh, my desire to be a “good” grandparent. Even as I am writing this, I am looking for something else to smoke. I craving and the hold that smoking has over me cannot be explained. I accept that emphysema, a heart attack or whatever awaits me is the price I will pay, but so be it. My death may be early and it may be painful, but at least I did it on my own terms.

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Lung damage

If smoking for lung damage is what makes you happy then go for it. I, on the other hand, like smoking very much and what to keep my lungs working so I can enjoy it for a long time. We all have to enjoy in our own way.

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I hate pink lungs

A good representation. Since I smoke almost 40 years, first with delicate cigarettes, they were stronger, now I only smoke the most cigarettes with filters that I can find. The smoke is gepummt intensively in the lung and many Zigaetten need on one day do so. So I'm living healthy, need no medicine, feel good, it will never change.
Of course, my lungs are black, blacker it is no longer comfortable. In My Blood is always much nicotine and tar in my lungs. When I die, my lungs are indifferent, but I'm glad she is completely black

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hate pink lungs

I like your comment, I have smoked for 50 years and don't think my lungs have been pink for a long time. I love that fact that my lungs are black and plan to keep them that way.

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