Here's yet another reason to kick that smoking habit for good: Your physical appearance.
In the video above, BuzzFeed and a makeup artist teamed up with Taylor Hays, director of the Nicotine Dependence Center at the Mayo Clinic, to transform three smokers' faces to show what they'll look like in the future if they continue the habit. The results are an eye-opening insight into the damaging effects cigarettes have on the body.
Some of the changes these smokers will experience are deepened wrinkles, particularly around the mouth, yellowed teeth and saggier face tissue overall, Hays told BuzzFeed.
While the physical aspects are certainly alarming, the scariest byproduct of smoking is the health risk it imposes internally. The habit is the leading cause of preventable death in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Smoking can lead to lung cancer, emphysema and cardiovascular disease and has the potential to negatively impact every organ in the body. Talk about a reality check.
"If this is what my outside appearance looks like from smoking cigarettes, I cannot even imagine what my insides look like," Meredith, one of the smokers, states in the video after her transformation. "It's not worth it."
We totally agree. Watch the full transformation above and check out these tips to help you quit smoking ASAP.
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