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Dangers of smoking
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
A billion dollar industry is selling products a local hospital says, contains ingredients found in batteries, rocket fuel, mothballs, and rat poison.
Tobacco companies don't list ingredients on their packages so the American Cancer Society is hosting a smoke-out to inform people about what they're putting into their bodies.
A woman who explains why she regrets the first time she lit up.
Many people didn't know the dangers of smoking when they first started.
"I'm 65 and I started about 14 or 15, that's a long long time," Judy Littlefield says.
Smoking became part of Littlefield's lifestyle.
"It was the thing when I was in school, cigarettes were like 19 cents a pack," Littlefield said.
Today, Littlefield wishes she'd never started.
"They did a chest X-ray and seen it on my lung and we did a biopsy and they said you've got cancer," Littlefield says.
In January, doctors diagnosed her with lung cancer.
"There's a lot of people that really and truly do not know what it's like to hear those words and when you hear them, it devastates you," Littlefield says.
Her nurse, Irene Aydelott works for the Baptist Cancer Center in Beaumont.
She's airing up a pig lung to show what a healthy lung looks like.
"if you don't smoke, if you don't get around second hand smoke your lungs would be a nice healthy pink," Aydelott says.
This pig lung clearly shows what a smoker's lungs would look like.
"What you see here, this black deposit is not just deposited on the exterior, but if I were to take a scalpel and slice through this, it permeates the entire tissue. You'll notice the lung is much smaller and the tissue is more fibrotic," Aydelott explains.
Aydelott dedicates a lot of time to make people aware of the dangers of smoking.
"I don't understand why they're using this product. It's slow suicide, you wouldn't ingest any of these carcinogens individually by themselves and it is because it's such a powerful addiction," Aydelott said.
This jar shows the amount of tar buildup that would fill your lungs if you smoked two packs a day.
"Every single cell in the body is effected by the carcinogens," Aydelott explains.
Littlefield is giving up the carcinogens.
She stopped smoking in january.
Now, she's undergoing radiation.
"You just don't want to ever hear those words. You don't want to have to hear those words and if there's anything you can do to prevent it, you need to do it to prevent it," Littlefield said.
Tomorrow the American Cancer Society will hold its annual Smokeout.
It encourages people to stop smoking.