New Mechanism Links Smoking To Lung Damage

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A poorly understood and previously unsuspected mechanism may be the key to understanding how life-style associated forms of oxidative stress, such as exposure to cigarette smoke, damage cells in the lungs.

Toxins in cigarette smoke, they show, open unpaired hemichannels--small portholes in the cell surface--that can, with very little provocation, turn into major breaches in the cell

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