Thursday, February 11, 2010

Thirdhand Smoke <--> TSNAs

TSNAs stands for Tobacco-specific N-nitrosamines. This compound is known to be one of the most potent carcinogens present in smokeless tobacco, snuff (finely ground tobacco) and tobacco smoke. On the late 2009, media have been reporting about this new fact. Whew, can you imagine living surrounded by the toxic compounds? Mostly, the one who gets exposed is the kids, as quantifically proven in this pediatrics journal. And a few days ago, another related scientific facts came out. According to this latest journal, TSNAs is no joke. Its formation can lead to the mutations, DNA strands breaks and oxidative damage (*whew). Here's TSNAs formation reaction mechanism : 

Well, pros and cons are always exist. The pros mentioned that this new facts should be taken seriously for the sake of someone's life. In the other hand, the cons said that this is just what so-called bad propaganda to decrease the smokers amount worldwide.'s your choice to be the pros or the cons. For me, because i ain't a fan of tobacco and its user and always considering the health issues as a serious things, i definitely on the pro side ^^V.

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