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How can kicking your smoking habit affect your skin?

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Skin changes, like a leathery texture and deep wrinkling, are more likely in people who are regular smokers. Smoking leads to biochemical changes in the body that speed the aging process.

Another classic smoker giveaway is tar staining of the hands and skin from holding cigarettes. Plus, the muscle actions you use to inhale lead to the classic smoker's wrinkles around the mouth.

From: Is Smoking Dragging You Down? WebMD Medical Reference

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Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons: "What surgeons can do to reduce the impact of smoking on surgical outcomes."

Michael Fiore, MD, founder and director, University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Andrew Spielman, DMD, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs; professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, NYU College of Dentistry.

Christakis, N.  , May 22, 2008; vol. 358: pp 2249-2258. The New England Journal of Medicine

Joyce Wilde, small-business owner and former smoker, Pittsburgh.

American Lung Association: "Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

SOURCES:

Bulletin of the American College of Surgeons: "What surgeons can do to reduce the impact of smoking on surgical outcomes."

Michael Fiore, MD, founder and director, University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention.

Steven Schroeder, MD, director, Smoking Cessation Leadership Center, University of California, San Francisco.

Andrew Spielman, DMD, PhD, associate dean for academic affairs; professor of basic science and craniofacial biology, NYU College of Dentistry.

Christakis, N.  , May 22, 2008; vol. 358: pp 2249-2258. The New England Journal of Medicine

Joyce Wilde, small-business owner and former smoker, Pittsburgh.

American Lung Association: "Secondhand Smoke."

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on January 16, 2019

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