Half of donor lungs come from smokers: Fifth are from people with 20-a-day habits
Patients given smokers' lungs are just as likely to survive, says new study.
237 lung transplants carried out at Harefield Hospital over six-year period
Out of these, 47 per cent of patients received organs from heavy smokers Meanwhile, 53 per cent were given lungs from non-smoking donors
However, survival rates were similar over one-year and three-year periods
André Simon, director of heart and lung transplantation and consultant cardiac surgeon at Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Trust, said: 'Donor lungs from even heavy smokers may provide a valuable avenue for increasing donor organ availability.'
He said the results showed that even donors with a heavy smoking history 'may provide a much-needed lease on life to the critically ill patient whose chances of survival diminish with every day or week that passes by on the waiting list'.
He added: 'I believe that candidates significantly decrease their chances of survival if they choose to decline organs from smokers.'
I love contrarian stories, especially when they challenge the health, food, drink and drugs police, or anything PC for that matter. Thanks to the Paul Henry show for alerting me to this gem from the Daily Mail.
Just a reminder to be open minded when it comes to anti-smoking propaganda. Whilst there may be good reason to make people aware of the health risks of smoking it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s bad news for everyone.