Smoking Permanently Damages DNA in a process called methylation, which is a change in your DNA that can inactivate a gene or change how it functions.
Methylation is one of the mechanisms of the regulation of gene expression, that is, “it affects what genes are turned on, which has implications for the development of smoking-related diseases,” said Dr. Stephanie London of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, who directed the team.
Most of the damage heals after 5 years but not all.
The U.S. FDA found in 2013 that menthol cigarettes are likely to pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes because the cooling effect of the mint flavour encouraged heavier smoking.
Heart disease and cancer are both caused by genetic damage — some of it inherited, but most of it caused by day-to-day living. Smoking is one of the biggest culprits.
Smoking is the biggest cause of preventable illness, killing more than 480,000 Americans every year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Australian figures are similar.
Globally, smoking kills about 6 million people a year through cancer, heart disease, lung disease and other illnesses.
Smoking rates have plummeted in the U.S. and now only about 15 percent of U.S. adults smoke — and just 11 percent of high school students smoke. However very high rates of people including children are exposed to secondhand smoke which also permanently damages DNA.
Children exposed to second hand smoke have very much higher rates of respiratory illness and asthma which may last a lifetime and of course second hand smoke, like smoking permanently dames DNA.
Tobacco companies assure us that Nicotine is highly addictive which is wonderful marketing because if you are addicted you can’t give up unless you buy their other nicotine based products like patches and gum.
Nicotine is only addictive for around 20-30 minutes. The real addiction is to the behaviour – the habit of smoking which is why the patches do not work for most people.
Hypnosis allows you to change your unconscious mind and get rid of the smoking habit.