The photo below is what the lungs of a fife—long smoker look like on a visual inspection with the naked eye. Many people wonder where the black or brown color comes from. When an individual inhale cigarette smoke, there are thousands of tiny carbon—based particles that are inhaled. As Soon as one inhale a puff of cigarette smoke, body is alerted to the fact that toxic particles have invaded.
Inflammatory cells rush to the sceneo
One type of white blood cell called macrophages may be thought of as the “garbage trucks” of our immune systems. Macrophages essentially “eat” the nasty brown—black particles in cigarette smoke in a process called phagocytosiso
Since these particles could be damaging even to garbage truck cells, they are walled off in tiny vesicles and stored as toxic waste. And there they sit.
As more and more macrophages containing debris build up in the lungs and lymph nodes within the chest, the darker the lungs appeared.
It’s important to state that not all black lungs are related to tobacco smoke.
<p style=”text-align: left;”>Other irritants that can be inhaled may cause this appearance as we11, such as the black lung disease sometimes seen in coal miners.</p>