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Cedar Rapids, IA
A 42-year-old female asked:

Can you get a smokers black lungs by being around heavy second hand smoke for 30 years or more? cigarettes, pipe tobacco and cigars?

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Dr. Bernard Seif
Clinical Psychology 40 years experience
Second hand smoke: can negatively impact your health. If you can't eliminate it completely please minimize it as much as possible. Healthy lifestyle w/some exercise and appropriate supplements may be helpful. Peace and good health.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Certainly: I vividly recall a visit to the morgue as a student. The pathologist rolled out 3 fresh sets of lungs to show us this effect. One 50 yo a non-smoker who just lived in central Houston, exposed to 2nd hand smoke/smog/urban irritants had the blackest/darkest lungs of the bunch. A 75 yo non-smoker farmer from 50 miles away had pristine pink, healthy appearing lungs. I remember that visit to this day.

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