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Smoking stays in your genes after you quit

Posted on Saturday, 1 September, 2007 | Comment icon 11 comments


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"Gene expression changes brought on by heavy smoking may persist long after the smoker has kicked the habit, researchers have found."

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Comment icon #2 Posted by kez71 on 1 September, 2007, 13:53
yep..a friend of mine quit smoking 12 years ago..she was diagnosed with lung cancer Dec 05 and died Jan 07..quitting didn't make any difference to her. Her kids are 16 and 18. Such a shame..
Comment icon #3 Posted by chemical-licker on 1 September, 2007, 14:01
i wonder if i can sue smokers with this evidence i will rule the world..cough..cough er..... i mean be rich
Comment icon #4 Posted by Luvkittys7 on 1 September, 2007, 16:22
I think smoking should be banned in public places.
Comment icon #5 Posted by positron on 2 September, 2007, 2:43
Gene expression changes brought on by heavy smoking may persist long after the smoker has kicked the habit, researchers have found. The results could provide a molecular explanation for the continued increased risk of lung cancer and other pulmonary ailments among former smokers. When smokers quit, their bodies gradually begin to undo the damage cigarettes have wrought. But contrary to popular belief, not all of the body's systems make a full recovery. Although the risk of heart disease, for example, eventually returns to that of a nonsmoker, the risk of getting lung cancer and emphysema — a p... [More]
Comment icon #6 Posted by DДrk_Lotu§ on 2 September, 2007, 2:48
eh doesn't change my views on smoking i shall continue to do so regardless of the health effects i enjoy it
Comment icon #7 Posted by Ravinar on 2 September, 2007, 4:53
I think smoking should be banned in public places. they just signed that bill in my city and it takes effect this January. i cant wait until i can go into any public building and not have to be sent out coughing and wheezing
Comment icon #8 Posted by JET SAVAGE on 2 September, 2007, 9:44
They are doing that in the UK, GREAT FOR NON SMOKERS..NEXT SHOULD BE ALCOHOL. Because of the larger deficit on human life both for drinkers and non drinkers, hospital bills, etc etc etc... I guess the social morality is dwindling on that subject, better check the muslims, who smoke everywhere, but drink no alcohol. I too enjoy smoking thanks. A little bit immature this article, this so timely report ahead of more anti smoking crap seems suspect. The truth : EVERY SINGLE SCRAP OF EXPERIENCE IS RECORDED IN OUR GENES. INCLUDING war traumas, tax traumas, fun, sleep, disease, marriages etc etc. Smo... [More]
Comment icon #9 Posted by Harriet Reed on 2 September, 2007, 14:12
eh doesn't change my views on smoking i shall continue to do so regardless of the health effects i enjoy it You may be digging your own grave there, buddy, but who's to stop you? One of the reasons I have never started smoking is the cost of the darn things - they're so expensive!
Comment icon #10 Posted by Primeval on 2 September, 2007, 14:16
eh doesn't change my views on smoking i shall continue to do so regardless of the health effects i enjoy it I don't smoke but I agree with you. Now if smoking made your dick fall off, that would be reason to quit.
Comment icon #11 Posted by positron on 3 September, 2007, 1:35
eh doesn't change my views on smoking i shall continue to do so regardless of the health effects i enjoy it Until you get emphysema,COPD or lung cancer !!


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