Smoking causes lung and other cancers, respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, increases the risk of stroke and is a risk factor contributing to impotence. It is therefore important to monitor and prevent exposure to tobacco smoking.
Cigarette smoke or exposure to smoke alters the way genes are marked by epigenetic tags. We can therefore detect exposure to smoking by measuring changes in these epigenetic tags. We use our proprietary next generation sequencing technique to measure epigenetic changes caused by exposure to tobacco smoke. It is that simple, we will send you a saliva collection kit. Within 2-3 weeks from the time your sample is in our laboratory, we will send you a result that will show you whether you are directly or indirectly exposed to cigarette smoke that left an epigenetic mark on your DNA. You can use this information to take steps to reduce your exposure and follow up epigenetic changes to verify removal of these marks.