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Smoking Takes Minutes To Cause Damage, Research Finds

Smoking can only take minutes to damage a person's body, as the chemicals that can cause cancer rapidly settle in the body.

That's according to research undertaken by scientists in America; the results of which were published in 'Chemical Research in Toxicology'. Although the dangers of smoking have been widely acknowledged for years, the immediacy with which the toxic chemicals found in cigarettes took effect was not confirmed.

However scientists found that the chemicals, named polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) took only 15-30 minutes after inhalation to be modified into dangerous bodies, according to the European Lung Foundation.

"The study is unique," claimed Professor Stephen Hecht, a scientist partly responsible for the find; "It is the first to investigate human metabolism of a PAH specifically delivered by inhalation in cigarette smoke, without interference by other sources of exposure such as air pollution or the diet."

"The results reported here should serve as a stark warning to those who considering starting to smoke cigarettes," he added on BBC News.

The research has been welcomed by anti-smoking organisations, such as Action on Smoking and Health, whose director of policy, Martin Dockrell, said: "The chilling thing about this research is that it shows just how early the very first stages of that process begin - within 30 minutes of a single cigarette. The process starts early but it is never too late to quit."

Many will be alarmed by this news, and may consider using clinical hypnotherapy to beat their addiction. Combining willpower with the help of hypnotherapy can prove five times more effective for those wishing to quit, as therapists help their patients identify more effective, healthier ways to deal with the daily pressures of life.