Hi, I would like to give a little bit of advice and a few facts to our younger members. I am 58 yeas old and I smoked for 42 years.
I used to be a beauty queen, I am not bragging, I just had the sort of features that responded well to make up, I suppose I was a good blank canvas. I wasn't skinny, I was curvy.
What I want to say is PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE, stop smoking.
My skin was good, now I have the smokers lines around my mouth, I think I read somewhere these are more prominent in women, obviously caused by pursing my lips as I sucked away on those little white evil sticks of horrendousness. I have to be very careful when applying make up because it settles into the wrinkles and I end up looking like I have a moustache.
I have very deep frown lines between my eyebrows that I think have come from smoking, and also deep bags under my eyes with little yellow white pockets of fat that are common to smokers.
My teeth started to suffer in my 30's, In my teens and twenties I had perfect naturally very white teeth, by my mid 30's I had had all my top teeth out and I now have a denture, I only have 10 teeth on my bottom jaw and they are discoloured, but my dentist is determined I will keep them.
My skin colour took on that yellowy colour, that made me look like I needed a good wash, I hasten to add I am a very clean person.
I have premature age spots on my hands but the skin is crepey (sorry re spelling!) I have recently read that the skin on all your body is affected by smoking, strangely it causes under arm wobbly fat, commonly known in England as Bingo Wings! The skin on my chest looks stretched.
In my 30's I had a boob job, I had them made smaller as they were so big they were affecting my back and deportment. I had the operation in the July and one of them didn't heal until the following February I had an open wound under my breast measuring 4 inches x 2 inches, that was definitely caused by smoking, breast tissue is very very anti smoking, this summer 2016, I got a sebaceous cyst under one boob, I had it healing and re opening for 2 months, eventually I was given mega doses of antibiotics and I developed MRSA so this meant many hospital visits
There is so much more I could write, and I know smoking causes horrific deadly diseases, and I am talking about vanity, but if my little story helps in any way a young person quit I will feel my stupidity of smoking may not have been in vain.
So come on Girls and Boys
STOP SMOKING WHILE YOU ARE STILL BEAUTIFUL BRIGHT YOUNG THINGS.