Some people spend thousands of dollars to stay looking young but if you smoke, don’t bother wasting your money. You will end up looking ugly anyway. The secret to a gorgeous and prettier you is to hide that ash tray and throw your cigarette stash into the middle of Voldemort’s cave where you first have to cross a river to undead to retrieve them.
Here are at least 10 reasons to convince you that smoking is not cool.
1. Poor Skin Tone and Saggy Skin
Some smokers develop uneven coloring while others appear pale. This is because smoking chronically deprives the skin of oxygen and nutrients. Although Bella might dig this look, I’m not sure if your girlfriend will. Tobacco smoke alone has around 4,000 chemicals that trigger the destruction of fibers (collagen and elastin) that give skin elasticity and strength. This yields deep wrinkles and saggy skin.
2. The Smoker’s Pucker and Crow’s Feet Eye Wrinkles
It is part of aging to develop wrinkles around the lips and eyes, however smokers get theirs earlier and are usually deeper. To suck on a cigarette, smokers use certain muscles around their lips repeatedly that develop lip lines also known as the smoker’s pucker.
You might also notice that smokers develop very visible crow’s feet wrinkles. This is because aside from the internal damage to the skin structures and blood vessels, smokers keep on squinting to keep smoke away from their eyes.
3. Sagging Arms and Breasts
It isn’t only the face which is affected by smoking. Your whole body figure can be damaged too. Breasts and arms that were once lovely and firm may become droopy and unattractive. Smoking has been identified by researchers as one of the top causes of saggy breasts.
4. Damaged Teeth and Gums Plus Persistent Bad Breath.
Long-term smokers typically don’t smile for the camera not only because smoking has stained their teeth yellow but also because smokers tend to develop gum disease. These cause bad breath and according to study, smokers have twice the chances of losing teeth than nonsmokers.
5. Stained Fingers
Some people smoke because they think the way that the cigarette is held between their fingers make them look elegant and sexy but think again my friend. If you’ve been smoking for a while, take a closer look at your fingernails and the skin of your hands. Smoking doesn’t just stain the teeth they can stain your skin too.
Studies have suggested that there is higher percentage of people who smoke to go bald. Taiwan researchers have also found out the smoking is a clear risk factor for male-pattern baldness in Asian men. So if you want to keep those lock, better quit now.
7. Early Menopause
Most women experience menopause around age 50 but women who smoke heavily for year may experience this phase 1 ½ year earlier than non-smokers.
8. Brittle Bones
Everyone knows the lungs take a beating from smoking, but research has pinpointed additional, surprising ways that tobacco affects the body, starting with your bones. Smoking raises your risk of developing weakened bones, or osteoporosis. This condition increases your risk for bone fractures including those of the spine, causing it to curve and leaving you hunched over.
9. Reproductive Problems and Erectile Dysfunction
Smoking doesn’t help if you and your partner are trying to have a baby. Studies show that women who smoke have a tougher time getting pregnant. If ever you do get lucky, please stop smoking because smoking during pregnancy raises the odds of having a miscarriage, premature birth, or delivering a low-birth-weight infant. Smoking has also been linked to some genetic abnormalities in children.
Smoking affects nearly every organ in the body, including the male organ. Smoking narrows the arteries over time and it also causes increased blood pressure leading to blood clots. In men who smoke, the reduction of blood flow can lead to erectile dysfunction.
10. Lung Cancer
9 out of 10 people who die due to lung cancer are smokers. Need I say more?