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Even If You Quit Smoking, Your DNA Remembers

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Everyone knows smoking is bad for you. In fact it’s one of the worst things you can do to your body. But if you quit, your body can heal itself, right? Yes and no. After you quit, your blood pressure lowers, the carbon monoxide leaves your body, your taste and smell improve, the cilia in your lungs grows back, and your risk for heart disease is greatly lowered. Quitting smoking is amazing. If you smoke, quit now. But, according to a new study in the American Heart Association journal, it seems that smoking impacts your DNA for up to 30 years after smoking. Smoking damages the surface of your DNA. Researchers are looking into this to see if they can use the DNA changes to help prevent diseases that smokers get.

The sooner you stop smoking, the faster your body can heal.

If you need help quitting, check out Smokefree.gov

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