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Monday, March 22, 2004

BonBons Fumés 

Smoking is unhealthy. I'd provide a link to evidence, but we all know it's true. Bad news for some women, though: a gene variant seems to make it harder for some women to quit. While this is bad news for the women in question, the prospects of examining a gene tied to addiction are very juicy indeed!

More bad news for smokers: smoking seems to increase incidence of age-related macular degeneration. No details given as to whether this effect is linked to nicotine (very likely, given nicotinimide's association with visual processes), inhaled toxins, or topical smoke exposure through the cornea (bad news for non-smokers).

Bad news for non-smokers: donated organ shortages have caused UK doctors to begin transplanting 'imperfect' organs into patients with dire need. Including smokers' lungs. Ew.

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