Want to have a puff? Think again as cigarette smoke starts damaging one’s basic element of life — genes — within 30 minutes of inhaling it, a study has warned. The scientists who studied the way smoking affects humans found one of the carcinogen of tobacco smoke starts causing adverse changes in the genetic structure of the person within 15-30 minutes of taking a puff.
“The results reported here should serve as a stark warning to those who are considering starting to smoke cigarettes,” the study notes. The smoke carries a carcinogen which is known as phenanthrene also known as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs). This forms toxins in the blood – termed as “trash DNA” – after inhaling, which induces adverse genetic structure or mutation , thus exposing the person to the risk of lung cancer.
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