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Vitamins and smoking

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

"Nutritional supplementation with antioxidant vitamins may reduce some forms of DNA damage among heavy smokers," researchers at the Joseph L. Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, conclude. One hundred twenty-three people who smoked at least 20 cigarettes per day took two tablets containing 250 mg vitamin C, 200 IU vitamin E and 6 mg beta carotene daily, and were screened with blood, urine and oral cell samples at baseline and after one, three and six months. A noticeable decline in oxidative damage in the treatment group was observed, which could have implications for future developments of oral cancer treatments

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