As if you didn’t need another reason to quit smoking . . . a new research study suggests that puffing on a cigarette can cause genetic damage within minutes – not years. The report is published in the journal Chemical Research in Toxicology, and had funding from the National Cancer Institute.
The scientists involved describe their results as a “stark warning to those who are considering starting to smoke cigarettes.”
The long-term consequences of smoking cigarettes are well known, and they include a variety of cancers (such as lung cancer), heart disease, and stroke. This new study suggests that smoking causes immediate genetic damage, and it greatly increases a smoker’s short-term risk for cancer.
The researchers wrote: “This study is unique. It is the first to investigate human metabolism of a PAH specifically delivered by inhalation in cigarette smoke, without interference by other sources of exposure such as air pollution or the diet.” [Read more…] about Smoking Damages Your DNA within Minutes