We’ve heard many times how much smoking damages your heart and lungs, but did you know it can leave a “mark” on your DNA so that it changes the way your genes work?
It changes your DNA so that you’re set up for gut, bone, dental and skin problems.
Smoking has far greater impact than we ever knew. There’s good and bad news.
The good news is that your genes can recover within five years of quitting, but some genetic changes persist even thirty years later, that’s how powerful smoking is.
Considering that in the womb children of mothers who drink develop a taste for alcohol, I wonder if it’s the same with smoking. Do children of parentS who smoke inherit those marked genes?
My question to you is, “Can you live with the consequences?” How will you feel if your 20-year old comes down with a disease related to your smoking?
Quit now. There’s medical and emotional support for you. Go get it.
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