Wrinkles, stained teeth and sagging skin…oh my!

By Kelly Bryant, MIMIchatter.com
September 10, 2015
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Even if you're only an occasional smoker, puffing on a cigarette can age your appearance, and fast. If you've ever needed a reason to put down that nicotine stick, BuzzFeed is happily giving you one. They brought in a makeup artist to give three smokers a rude awakening as to what they could look like in 30 years if they keep up the unhealthy habit.

As you might suspect, the participants didn't like what they saw…at all.

Each of the smokers is in their 20's, with one smoking three or four packs a day, one taking down approximately a pack a month, and another smoking three or four cigarettes daily.

With some direction from Dr. Taylor Hays, director of the Mayo Clinic's Nicotine Dependence Center, the makeup artist was tasked with aging them in a way that best represents the progression of a smoker.

"The skin is more affected because of exposure to the smoke. It causes excessive wrinkles around the mouth and creases between the nose and the mouth. There's also a loss of underlying tissue. So, the face becomes more saggy or more deeply wrinkled," says Hays, in an interview with BuzzFeed.

Then, of course, you have the severely stained teeth and the risk for periodontal disease and tooth loss.

Watch the video to find out which, if any, of the participants is willing to choose vanity over their next cigarette. Once you see their makeovers, their answers probably won't shock you.

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