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Friday, November 04, 2016

Smoking a pack per day causes 150 mutations in every lung cell, research shows

LONDON – Scientists have found that smoking a pack a day of cigarettes can cause 150 damaging changes to a smoker's lung cells each year.

The findings come from a study of the devastating genetic damage, or mutations, caused by smoking in various organs in the body.

Publishing in the journal Science on Thursday, the researchers said the findings show a direct link between the number of cigarettes smoked in a lifetime and the number of mutations in the DNA of cancerous tumors.

The highest mutation rates were seen in lung cancers, but tumors in other parts of the body - including the bladder, liver and throat - also had smoking-associated mutations, they said. This explains why smoking also causes many other types of cancer beside lung cancer.

Smoking kills six million people a year worldwide and, if current trends continue, the World Health Organization predicts more than 1 billion tobacco-related deaths this century.

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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Quit now!

Anonymous said...

I work with this guy Tyler who smokes 3 packs a day.

Anonymous said...

I was a heavy smoker for years I quit about 20 years ago but not soon enough I have COPD and can't walk 50 feet without stopping to cath my breath.Quit now while you still have a chance.

Anonymous said...

I must be on mutation 324 for today. Plan on more tomorrow if I live. Smok 'um if ya got 'um.