The Truth About Smoking And Your Appearance

Movies and TV often portray a sultry woman as a chain smoker. Smoking was a way they showed sex appeal. Rita Hayworth was often pictured with a cigarette in hand. Sharon Stone in Basic Instinct smoked like a chimney in that famous interrogation scene. Bad girls that men went crazy over smoked. Sultry beauty and cigarettes or cigars went hand in hand.

The reality is far from what is portrayed in movies. Smoking causes your skin to age prematurely and gives it a sickly coloring. It discolors your teeth, gives you an un-sexy cough and bad breath. That is just the tip of the iceberg.

Did you know that cigarettes contain more than 4,000 chemicals, many of them are toxic. Not to mention nicotine, the drug that gives smokers their high, is very addictive. Many people want to quit but are unable to do so because of the withdrawal symptoms that take hold once they try to stop. Even if they succeed in weathering through the withdrawal symptoms, the craving for just one stick is still very strong. One stick leads to another and before you know it, you’re hooked again. That’s the addictive power of nicotine.

Let’s start with how smoking ages you prematurely. There’s so much talk about the anti-aging properties of anti-oxidants. Anti-oxidants work by neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are created through oxidization and in the body’s normal processes. Under ordinary circumstances, the body can easily get rid of the free radicals it creates. If too many free radicals are created, then you’ll have a problem. Free radicals steal electrons from other cells. This stealing of electrons damage the cells, affecting the cell membranes and even the DNA of the cells. That would affect the reproduction of cells and may even cause cells to malfunction. That speeds up the aging process.

How does smoking relate to that?

Every puff of cigarette smoke results in more than a trillion free radicals in your lungs. How much damage would that cause to your body? Notice how a long-term smoker in her forties would have a lined face which looks as old as a non-smoker in her sixties, all other things being equal. Notice the lines around the mouth, the eyes, down the cheeks and slack skin that smokers usually have?

Researchers from Nagoya City University Medical School in Japan have discovered that cells exposed to smoke have far higher quantities of an enzyme that breaks down collagen. Not only that, smoke causes a 40% decrease in the production of new collagen. Since collagen is what keeps skin firm and younger looking, the result of smoking would be lined, older looking skin.

Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide. Have you heard of stories of people dying of carbon monoxide poisoning because they slept in a car with the windows closed and the engine on? Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in your body, starving your cells of the oxygen it needs. Guess what. Cigarette smoke contains carbon monoxide. In smokers, that results in skin that is gray or yellow instead of a healthy pink. How beautiful is that?

That’s just the skin alone. Add that to falling hair, yellowed teeth and shortness of breath which affects your ability to exercise, cigarettes destroy a person’s appearance. I’m not even going into cancer and other diseases linked to smoking and how the diseases affect ones appearance. relx 電子煙

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