Do you smoke more than 10 cigarettes a day? This practice may make you look old. Have you ever wondered why chain-smokers get wrinkles and saggy skin before the maturing age? This is due to a heavier dose of tobacco in your body which causes damage to the skin cells and you start to age before time.
As per research published in journal PLOS Genetics, people who overconsume tobacco regularly carry multiple copies of a genetic type that makes him/her look older than their actual age. This is one of the several ill-effects of smoking and tobacco on human health.
The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the University of Bristol where they used an innovative combination of two different data analysis methods. The aim of their study was to find if tobacco use is closely linked with facial aging.
“We proposed a novel approach that can be used to search for causal effects of health exposures and demonstrated this approach to search for the effects of smoking heaviness. We searched across thousands of traits to identify those that may be affected by how heavily someone smokes. As well as identifying several known adverse effects such as on lung health, we also identified an adverse effect of heavier smoking on facial aging,” told Louise Millard, lead author of the study.
Researchers divided people into two groups. In the first group, they placed non-smokers and in the second group, they placed former and current smokers. The method was effective as scientists got desired results. Apart from premature aging, tobacco smoking also found to increase the risk of skin cancer, poor lung functions and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD). Researchers are using this method to find more ill effects of excessive smoking and drinking on a person. This technique is found to be very useful in determining the different effects of unhealthy habits.
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