What Does Tar In The Lungs Do?

Tar in the lungs is not a good thing. That much should be pretty obvious. It isn't the easiest thing in the world to try to quit smoking, as countless people who have succeeded numerous times can attest. The reasons for quitting far outnumber the reason for not-quitting, looking cool, but still the message about how much harm is being done to the lungs doesn't always get through.

Perhaps if a little more emphasis were placed on tar in the lungs, a certainty if you smoke, more people would begin paying attention. As far as lung cancer is concerned, there are those who smoke that look at cancer as a statistic, and something that probably won't happen to them. It's like the thinking that accidents always happen to the next guy. The risk of cancer is a pretty powerful argument, but in some ways, the thought of tar in the lungs might even be more so.

Don't Roll The Dice - If you smoke a cigarette, it's not a question of there being a chance tar will start to accumulate in your lungs. It's not a statistic, and you won't be one of the lucky tar-free smokers. There aren't any of those. Smoke a cigarette, you get tar. It's as simple as that.

Will a little tar hurt you? Maybe so, maybe not. Will a lot of tar hurt you? Put it his way, it won't help you any. Ever noticed that some smokers have yellow teeth? Ever noticed that some have yellow fingers? We call them nicotine stains, which is partially true. They're also tar stains. Visit the home of a heavy smoker and you might even notice their white walls have a yellowish tinge. That's tar.

Now it takes awhile to recolor your home's interior, but the lungs don't involve quite as much volume, and take in a significantly higher concentration of smoke and tar. And lungs get coated, down to the last little air pocket.

Cancerous Stuff - Cigarette smoke contains an amazing amount of different chemical compounds. About 40 of them are considered to be cancerous. The rest, the "good compounds" don't cause cancer, they only cause other problems, like emphysema. The cancer-causing compounds that reside in the tar coating your lungs consist of, among other things, arsenic, benzene, chromium, cadmium, formaldehyde, urethane, and some long-sounding compounds like nitrosodiethanolamine. If you sprayed any of this stuff on your lawn it would probably kill weeds, grass, and anything in sight.

Non-Cancerous Stuff - What about the "good stuff' in tar, those compounds that don't cause cancer? A few of them are nickel, carbon monoxide, phenol, hydrogen cyanide, and ammonia. Those won't be good for the lawn either.

The Rest Of The Stuff - There are a number of other compounds present as well, things that anyone majoring in organic chemistry would be familiar with, compounds made up of oxygen, carbon, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, and other familiar elements and molecules, that strung together help create the sticky substance called tar, that eventually coats a smoker's throat and lungs. It's almost as if a fine mist settles and condenses on a surface, coating the surface with a thicker and thicker deposit over time.

Ashtray Or Lungs, Same Thing - Granted, we cough some of it up, and if we stop smoking, the body tries to clean up the mess we created for it, sometimes with success, other times not. No matter how you look at it though, there's really not anything good to be said with regards to tar in the lungs. In an ashtray it's usually yellowish brown, slightly sticky, and smells bad. It's no different in the lungs.