Healthy People

Quit for Your Looks

The cosmetic benefits of quitting smoking can be a major motivator, especially when you consider the unpleasant short- and long-term effects smoking has on how you look. 

When you quit smoking:

  • your breath will smell better
  • stained teeth will get whiter
  • your clothes and hair will smell better 
  • your fingers and fingernails will no longer look yellow 
  • you’ll have better oral health
  • you’ll have a better chance for fewer skin wrinkles

Chances Are, You’ll Look Younger

Because your skin and teeth will look better, you may start to look younger. A study from the University of Zurich even found a correlation between gray hair and being a smoker – chemicals may damage cells in hair follicles or constrict the blood vessels that supply them. They can also constrict blood vessels in the face, leading to a yellow pallor and a breakdown in elasticity – and that can happen in the 20s in the same way it happens to someone in their 30s. 

The good news is, quitting can start to reverse the signs of an aging face within two weeks.

You’ll Look Better to Yourself – and to Others

  • If you are dating, you’ll look like a better partner. Because, as a smoker, your dating pool is largely limited to other smokers, who make up only about 21% of the adult population, you’ll have more options as a non-smoker.
  • You’ll look better to your landlord as a tenant. Maintenance costs and insurance rates may rise when smokers occupy buildings.
  • You’ll look better to your employer. You’ll cost him or her less in health insurance, smoking breaks and lost time.
  • You’ll become a positive role model to your children. Children whose parents smoke are more likely to start smoking themselves.
  • You’ll also have more energy, enhanced self-esteem brought on by a real sense of accomplishment, and you’ll feel more in control of your life – and that looks good on everyone.