WIRED: Smoking Alters Your Immune System for Years After You Quit

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Period14 Feb 2024

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  • TitleSmoking Alters Your Immune System for Years After You Quit
    Degree of recognitionInternational
    Media name/outletWired
    Media typeWeb
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    DescriptionGiving up smoking brings the inflammatory response back to where it would have been without cigarettes, but smoking-related epigenetic changes may be tougher to reverse, suspects Sheena Cruickshank, an immunologist at the University of Manchester. The affected immune cells are long-lived, sticking around in the bloodstream for years. Ex-smokers may have to carry traces of their past cigarettes with them until those cells die.
    Producer/AuthorCelia Ford
    PersonsSheena Cruickshank