According to a research in the USA, smoking can damage the body in minutes rather than years. The research, funded by the US National Cancer Institute, showed that the formation of the chemicals which cause cancer occurs 15−30 min after smoking a cigarette. These chemicals “react with DNA to produce adducts that can cause mutations and initiate the carcinogenic process.”
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