I know this is an old post but I would like to tell you about my pnumothorax story because it is very unique and different from most cases. Just to give you a small background I am a female 28 years old and I was 112 lbs at the time 5ft5 and a smoker for ten years, smoking those little cigars mostly and a cigarette every now and then. I was sitting on my couch watching a movie when all of a sudden I had chest pain. I decided to wait till the mourning because I thought it was indigestion etc. I woke up in the mourning, it was worse. I went to the hospital took blood work, they put an oxygen mask on me and they did an x ray. They told me I had spontaneous pnumothorax (collapsed lung) which is caused by a hole somewhere in the lung caused by a ruptured cyst or bleb. I was shocked as much as they were, here I was a pretty young healthy girl in the hospital for a collapsed lung. They looked at the x ray, they also did an MRI and extra blood work etc and everything was normal. They asked me if I smoked I said yes so they can only guess that had some kind of contribution, but they were not sure because they have not seen images the outside and the inside of my lung. So they put tubes in me to suck the air out of my lungs. I was in the hospital for a week and a half before they told me to do the surgery. Now when they had the tubes in me I notices that the liquid that was coming out from my lungs was the tiniest bit of discoloration but mostly clear. I can only assume that the tiny amount of discoloration was from the smoking. Me and the doctors, which were many because my case was unique, were very pleased to see the smallest amount of discoloration in the liquid especially since I have been smoking for years, go figure lol..Anyways I did the surgery and after the surgery the doctors took photos of the inside and the outside of my lung and to their and my astonishment the photos shows that I had NO LUNG DAMAGE and my lungs were PINK AND HEALTHY! Smoking was not the cause of my spontaneous pnumothorax at all, and I had perfect healthy lungs with the smallest exception of discoloration in the fluids which was 1% it was 98% clear. So all in all the ten years of smoking had no effect on my lungs and health what so ever! He said it would have been different if I had smoked cigarettes! He asked me if I had any trauma lately and I had told him well not too long ago my girlfriend hit me on the back in my lung area, and I had shoveled snow for two days non stop during the recent Chicago blizzard, he told me all of that had caused my lungs to rupture because there was no physical evidence that anything else contributed to it. I took blood tests, Xray's MRI I had pictures of my lungs, I was healthy!. So folks everybody handles smoking and trauma different. I even took a genetics test. I have no cancer genetics at all so that explains me not having any lung damage at all, even for smoking cigars almost every day. My heart is healthy, it is the size it is supposed to be, they did tell me that I had to gain a little bit of weight but that's it. Since then I have gained about ten healthy pounds and I did quit smoking just because I couldn't smoke for those two and a half weeks I was in the hospital but that's it. Go figure!