Smoking Parents Doom Their Children To The Same Nasty Habit

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One of the best things any parent can do for their kids is to keep them away from smokers, whether it’s the parent themselves or other smokers out in public areas.

We all know how unhealthy smoking is. We also know how hard it is to kick the habit.

As a former smoker myself, I know the hell of trying to quit smoking. It’s not something I’d wish upon anyone. That might sound like an over-dramatization, but most smokers struggling to quit would probably agree with me.

If you’re a smoker that has kids, consider taking steps now to quit, before you destine your children to the same hell you’ve gone through.

According to new research from the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, the more time a child is exposed to a parent smoking, the more likely that child will become a heavy smoker.

All the more reason to quit smoking now!

Don’t expose your children to cigarette smoke and protect them from becoming addicted themselves.

Can You Guess Which Twin Is The Smoker Based on Facial Aging?

Here’s an interesting study, from the medical journal ‘Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.’ From 2007 to 2010 during the “Twins Day Festival” in Twinsburg, Ohio, 79 pairs of twins were found where one twin was a tobacco smoker and the other was not (or which twin had smoked at least 5 years longer).

Professional photographers snapped photos of both twins faces and then plastic surgeons analyzed these photos to see if they could determine which one was the smoker (or who smoked the longest) using the FDA’s standard Lemperle Assessment Scale, a validated wrinkle assessment scale.

They scored the following facial features using the wrinkle assessment scale:

  • Forehead transverse lines
  • Forehead glabellar lines
  • Crow’s feet
  • Upper lip lines (repose)
  • Upper lip lines (pucker)
  • Nasolabial crease

And also scored the following features based on a scale of mild, moderate and severe:

  • Upper lid skin redundancy
  • Lower lid pigmentation
  • Lower lid bags
  • Malar bags
  • Lower lip vermillion lines
  • Jowls


The twin on the left smoked 17 years longer than the one on the right.


The twin on the left is a non-smoker.


The twin on the left is a non-smoker. The twin on the right smoked for 29 years.


Both twins are smokers. The one on the right has smoked 14 years longer.

The results are clear. The smoking twins had worse scores for lower eyelid bags, upper cheek bags, jowls (droopy lower cheeks), upper lip wrinkles, and nasolabial folds (laugh lines).

This study shows the effects of facial aging caused by smoking and even shows that just a 5-year difference in smoking history can cause noticeable facial aging.

* Images source: Facial Changes Caused by Smoking: A Comparison between Smoking and Nonsmoking Identical Twins. Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. 132(5): 1085-1092, November 2013

Two Leading Causes of Coronary Heart Disease: Smoking and Social-Isolation

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I just came across a really interesting article from the Bulletproof Executive regarding a study that is slightly related to smoking. The study from 1993 tracked the health of more than 1,000 people over the course of six years in order to determine if there is a connection between social support and coronary heart disease.

It turns out that a lack of social support and/or interaction, such as from a partner, family or friends, is one of two of the leading risk factors of coronary heart disease (CHD) in middle-aged men.

The other leading factor?

Smoking of course!

It’s amazing to find out that being anti-social is almost as risky as smoking when it comes to CHD.

The first study wasn’t just some fluke either. The results of the first study was in question, so researchers actually did a follow-up to the study in 2004.

I can only imagine the CHD risks that a socially-isolated smoker takes.

Quit smoking (using an electronic cigarette is a great start) and spend more time with friends! You’ll live longer and healthier.

Electronic Cigarettes Can Boost Mood and Increase Memory

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I used electronic cigarettes to help me quit smoking almost two years ago, and I haven’t had one cigarette since then. Although electronic cigarettes aren’t an official smoking cessation device approved by the FDA, I have no doubt that it will be approved soon.

According to new research, helping smokers to quit is just one of the benefits of e-smokes.

For smokers trying to quit without using a nicotine substitute, their memory decreases while their bodies adjust to the lower levels of nicotine.

As claimed by Dr. Lynne Dawkins from the University of East London, a study done on 85 smokers showed that not only did the electronic cigarette reduce the cravings of the smokers, but it also increased their mood and improved their memory.

Of course you can use any nicotine substitute to boost mood and memory when you’re trying to quit, but nothing can replicate the feeling of actually smoking, the way an electronic cigarette can.

Increase Your Chances of Quitting by Calling a Quitline


According to a study performed by the University of Newcastle in New South Wales, Australia, telephone counseling to help smokers quit actually works. The study specifically tested how the smokers were recruited to the quitlines and how the recruitment method effected the results.

Dr. Flora Tzelepis and her colleagues found that no matter how the smokers were recruited, whether by physician referral, direct mail, phone calls, or television ads, proactive telephone counseling is beneficial.

If you’re serious about quitting smoking, think about calling a quitline. It might seem silly, or perhaps you’re a little shy, but if you want to kick this terrible addiction, give it a try.