Smoking and your appearance

The ‘ugly’ facts about smoking and your looks

It’s not just your internal organs that are damaged by smoking – your looks can also suffer.

  • Smoking dries the skin, leading to premature wrinkles.
  • Squinting when irritating smoke passes the eyes and puckering your mouth when inhaling causes wrinkles around the eyes and mouth.
  • People who smoke often have a grey, wasted appearance.
  • Smoking can make you look 10–20 years older.
  • Smokers are two or three times more likely than non-smokers to develop psoriasis, a chronic skin condition.
  • Smoking discolours fingers and fingernails.
  • Smoking damages blood vessels in the eyes, creating a bloodshot appearance.
  • Smokers have stained teeth and gums and bad breath, no matter how much they brush, floss and visit their dentist.