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Smoking Permanently Damages Your DNA, Study Finds

According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 18 out of every 100 U.S. adults aged 18 years or older (17.8 percent) smoke cigarettes today. This means an estimated 42.1 million adults in the United States are cigarette smokers. New research shows that smoking may damage you all the way down to your DNA, but most of the damage does not seem to last after quitting. As reported by NBC News, "Their study of 16,000 people found that while most of the disease-causing genetic footprints left by smoking fade after five years if people quit, some appear to stay there forever."

STOP SMOKING: If you smoke, quitting is absolutely essential to get your health on track. But you must get your diet under control first, as the health implications of poor diet (including obesity) may actually outweigh those from smoking. That being said, smoking cigarettes is clearly not a healthy choice. You're probably aware that it's linked to chronic diseases like cancer, heart disease, and stroke, but you may not know that it influences far more than this. Your bones, muscles, brain, teeth, eyes and even your fertility can all be damaged by smoking.
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