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17 January 2011

Smoking cigarettes damages DNA in minutes

Cigarettes start to destroy a smoker's DNA within minutes of inhaling, suggesting that the habit causes immediate genetic damage, raising the cancer risk, research shows.

Cigarettes start to destroy a smoker's DNA within minutes of inhaling, new research indicates, suggesting that the habit causes immediate genetic damage and quickly raises the short-term risk for cancer.

In their research, the investigators focused on a class of cancer-causing culprits found in cigarette smoke called polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs.

 

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