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Stoptober: Quitting smoking for the health of your skin

October 21, 2013 by Works with Water

To highlight the damage that smoking does to your body, a brilliant website called Tobacco Body in conjunction with the Cancer Society of Finland has launched an interactive experience that shows the difference between a smoker’s body and a non-smoker’s body, that might make you think twice about lighting up.

Aside from raising the risk of lung cancer, many of the effects the site mentions are cosmetic.


Smokers are more likely to get spots. Smoking weakens the skin’s blood circulation, which increases the risk of infections. Smoker’s acne is also more difficult than usual.


The smoker’s skin looks unhealthy, because the chemicals in cigarette smoke makes the skin’s elastic fibers snap more easily. This causes the skin to lose its elasticity. A weary face is not a popular one: out of the 100 most popular profile pictures in a dating service only two were pictures of smokers.

Facial hair

A smoking woman inhales moustache-growing substances with nicotine. Cigarettes decrease female hormone levels, which in turn causes an increase of male hormones and hairiness.


Wrinkles come sooner for smokers. Smoking decreases the skin’s collagen and elastin levels, which harms it’s elasticity and firmness. It wrinkles!

During October, the nation’s eight million smokers are again being encouraged to take part in the mass participation quit attempt – Stoptober. It’s not too late to join in.

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