Sure, you’ve heard of a thousand ways tobacco use and smoking can hurt your body. You’ve also heard of how quitting can save your life. But here’s the blunt truth of it all. Tobacco use, especially smoking cigarettes, does serious damage to your body in two ways. These two ways have recently been found out and are driving more and more smokers to quit.
1. Tobacco use damages DNA
2. Tobacco use stops the DNA repair process
Understand that when your DNA can’t go through the repair process and heal itself, you can get lung cancer. The deadly chemicals in tobacco smoke causes permanent DNA damage. If the body can’t go through the DNA repair process, cancer develops. Lung cancer is the #1 cancer killer in the U.S. Get your healing process back on track.
Quitting has immediate and long-term benefits. Ten years after you quit smoking, your risk for lung cancer drops by half. Quitting is not a sprint. It’s a marathon. Quit counselors are waiting to go on the journey with you. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW.
Avoiding secondhand smoke also can help prevent lung cancer.