If you’re a smoker, quit now! No? Need some more incentive? Because smelling bad, premature aging, and of course cancer aren’t enough, a new study at the University of California, San Diego, has shown that methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), when exposed to tobacco smoke, became even more of a super bug.

MRSA is a a bacterium that has developed resistance to antibiotics which makes it very difficult to treat, and the tobacco exposure only makes it worse. The smoke-exposed MRSA bacteria not only became better at invading cells, it also became more resistant to immune system mechanisms. What’s is worse is the more exposure, the more super it becomes. Put down the pack and click below to learn more on the study and MRSA.

http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/pressrelease/cigarette_smoke_makes_superbugs_more_aggressive

http://www.cdc.gov/mrsa/

 

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