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Cigarettes Damage Your DNA

According to a new study conducted at the University of Minnesota, cigarette smoke can cause genetic damage to your DNA in just few minutes. This study was published in the journal “Chemical Research in Toxicology.”

The study revealed that smoking for a few minutes can lead to the manifestation of cancer along with genetic damage. Before the study, many thought that smoking could take several years to cause any cancer related damage to the body. Although, Sr. Stephen Hecht, the lead researcher said that “the effect of smoking is so fast that it is similar to injecting the harmful substance directly into the bloodstream.”

This is the first investigation done on the human metabolism of PAH. This is primarily caused by inhaling the smoke from cigarette alone. The team of researchers observed 12 participants and they tracked this substance, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). This substance is formed while burning tobacco, wood, oil, coal and gas.

One of the main component and pollutant of the PAH was phenanthrene. This substance was found to damage the DNA very quickly by creating a toxic component in the bloodstream.

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