Most of us know that smoking is bad for us. We’ve all seen the commercials with the woman with a tube in her throat. But research has linked smoking to issues that we once thought had nothing to do with it. And for the smokers out there who have just accepted their risk for lung cancer, you may not be so accepting of your risks once you realize the dozen plus other ways smoking can affect your life, and sooner than you thought. Take a look:
Researchers studied the skin of two twins—one a smoker, one not—over 14 years. The smoker’s skin became remarkably droopier than her non-smoking twin’s.
Smoking deprives the skin of essential nutrients and oxygen, leaving strange looking patches of color and uneven tone.
There are over 4,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, many of which destroy collagen and elastin—the stuff that keeps your skin firm.
Forget that weak bra. Smoking has been identified as one of the top causes of saggy breasts. It’s meant to be sexy, but it takes away one of your sexiest attributes.
Lines Around the Lips
Pursing your lips like that for years will cause wrinkles the same way squinting does. Add to that the loss of elasticity caused by smoking and you get pronounced lines around the mouth.
Everyone gets them, when they age. Smokers are prone to getting more of these dark spots on the skin and at a younger age.
The irony about how sexy your hands look with a cigarette in them is that that little stick is actually causing unsightly spots on your hands.
A little yellow is only the start of your problems if you smoke. Smokers are more prone to developing gum disease, oral cancer and even losing their teeth.
While everyone starts losing hair at some point, smokers lose it at a much younger age than non smokers and are more prone to going bald.
These don’t only come with old age. Smokers are more likely to develop these cloudy spots on their lens than non smokers.
Often thought of as a genetic condition, even the best genes won’t help you if you’re a heavy smoker.
A lifetime of laughing or frowning will cause some crowsfeet. But a lifetime of smoking and squinting to keep that smoke out of your eyes will cause them sooner, and more pronounced. Not to mention the chemicals in tobacco smoke damage the blood vessels around the eyes.
Smoking can lead to weak bones, putting you at risk for breaks, sprains and even osteoporosis.
Smoking narrows the arteries that carry blood to the heart, increasing your chances for blood clots and heart disease.
Poor Athletic Performance
Smokers tend to be shorter on breath, have a faster heart rate and poor circulation—three things that make intense physical activity very difficult.
Not only does smoking during pregnancy put you at risk for a miscarriage, premature birth or low-birth-weight baby, but smoking makes it harder to become pregnant in the first place.
Every woman goes into menopause eventually, but your years of “youth” might be shortened if you’re a smoker. Smokers go into menopause an average of 1 ½ years earlier than non smokers.
You know that smoking can cause it. But did you know that for every 10 deaths caused by lung cancer, 9 of those were due to smoking?
Now you have the facts so that when you ask yourself “Is it worth it?” before taking a drag, you know exactly what it is.
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