Want to Be Attractive? People Who Smoke Have Less Appealing Faces

People are able to identify smokers based on only their facial features, and often associate these features as being less attractive. The findings could stand as further motivation to finally kick the nasty habit this upcoming New Year’s day.

A recent study from the University of Bristol in England had 590 volunteers look at 23 twin faces in which one twin was a smoker and the other was not. The team then had a separate set of 580 volunteers look at the 23 twin faces and indicate which was more attractive.

Results revealed that seventy percent of the time, volunteers were able to pick which twin was the smoker based on nothing but their facial appearance.

Want to Be Attractive - People Who Smoke Have Less Appealing Faces.

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Gory Anti-Smoking Posters May ENCOURAGE Teens to Smoke

Graphic posters meant to discourage people from smoking may actually encourage teens to take up the habit, new research reveals.

Convenience stores are a prime ground for tobacco companies to advertise, especially to teens, among whom smoking is still on the rise in the US.

In the new study from the RAND research corporation found that when they displayed one of these posters in their mock convenience store, more teens bought cigarettes.

The behavioral scientists behind the study said they believe it could be a ‘defensive’ reaction from teens against big firms trying to influence their actions.

Gory Anti-Smoking Posters May ENCOURAGE Teens to Smoke

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Prince Harry to ‘QUIT Smoking’ For New Bride Meghan Markle Ahead of Wedding

After announcing their upcoming wedding in May next year, Harry has been working hard to get himself in better shape.

The ginger prince has been pictured working up a sweat as he aims to trim a few pounds before the big day.

And it has been claimed that he is even willing to go one step further in his quest to be more healthy for his new wife.

One of Harry’s pals told the Mail: “Harry has promised no smoking at all at home.

“it’s not nice for Meghan as a non-smoker.

“So there’s no more hanging out of the window for a quick puff. Harry has quit for Meghan.”

Prince Harry to QUIT Smoking For New Bride Meghan Markle Ahead of Wedding

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Ad Agencies Helped Make Smoking Cool, Until They Didn’t

Before Australia adopted some of the strictest smoking regulations in the world, advertising cigarettes was big business.

Ad agencies have long sought the clients with the biggest budgets — and from the 50s to the 70s, the clients with the biggest budgets were selling tobacco.

They set out, and succeeded, in convincing Australians that smoking was a suave, sexy and sophisticated thing to do.

Slim cigarettes were tailored for “the feminine hand”. Craven was “the clean cigarette that’s kind to your throat”, and Benson and Hedges was for “when only the best would do”.

But one campaign was so successful that it backfired — prompting the backlash that ultimately saw Australia ban tobacco advertising altogether.

Ad agencies helped make smoking cool, until they didn't

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US Tobacco Companies Forced to Run Ads Admitting Cigarettes are Addictive and Smoking Kills

Millions of Americans have opened their Sunday morning newspapers to find full page advertisements from tobacco companies with statements saying that smoking kills and cigarettes are intentionally designed to get people addicted.

The companies will also pay for television ads running between 30 and 45 seconds with the same message to air on major television networks at prime time, five nights a week for a year.

The “corrective statements” have been ordered by the US Federal Court and come after a 19-year legal battle with the US Department of Justice.

US Tobacco Companies Forced to Run Ads Admitting Cigarettes are Addictive and Smoking Kills

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Does Smoking Run in Families? Malia Obama Picks Up Dad’s Bad Habit

One of President Barack Obama’s daughters, Malia Obama, was caught smoking what appeared to be a cigarette at the annual Harvard-Yale football game on Saturday. Barack Obama also smoked, though he quit his daily habit by the time he became president. But could he have passed the deady practice on to his daughter?

It’s entirely possible. Several large studies have found becoming addicted to cigarettes, having more difficulty quitting and having a higher chance of getting lung cancer due to smoking may all have a genetic component.

Does Smoking Run in Families - Malia Obama Picks Up Dad's Bad Habit

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Quitting Smoking: Timeline of What Happens to Your Body After You Kick the Habit

20 minutes after last cigarette

Just 20 minutes after the last drag, your body begins to recover, reports the Birmingham Mail.

Nicotine, the addictive chemical in smoking, acts as a stimulant and gives that all-important ‘kick’. Not long after the last puff of smoke, heart rate and blood pressure return to normal following this high.

Eight hours

The effects of withdrawal are strong as nicotine leaves the bloodstream and cravings start to happen making it a testing time and the moment when most smokers reach for another cigarette.

One day

Anxiety and ‘stress’ levels peak. The feeling of stress associated with quitting smoking isn’t usually stress – it’s a sign of withdrawal.

That’s why it’s untrue that smoking de-stresses, it’s just feeding a craving. In fact, research shows non- and ex-smokers feel less stressed than smokers.

Quitting Smoking - Timeline of What Happens to Your Body After You Kick the Habit

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Pope Francis Bans Sale of Cigarettes at the Vatican on Health Grounds

Pope Francis has ordered a ban on the sale of cigarettes inside the Vatican from next year because of health concerns, a spokesman said on Thursday.

“The motive is very simple: the Holy See cannot be cooperating with a practice that is clearly harming the health of people,” spokesman Greg Burke said in a statement.

He cited World Health Organisation (WHO) statistics that smoking causes more than seven million deaths worldwide every year.

Pope Francis Bans Sale of Cigarettes at the Vatican on Health Grounds

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Japanese Company Offers Extra Days Off to Workers Who Don’t Smoke

Over the summer, employees at a Japanese marketing firm noticed that not all of their colleagues were working the same number of hours.

About one-third of the people at the company, Piala, were smokers and stepped away from their desks during the day for cigarette breaks. Despite the time the smokers were away from work, everyone left the office for the night at the same time.

Nonsmokers at the agency complained about the unfairness to the chief executive, whose response in September has drawn attention in a country where tobacco use remains popular and workers take few days off. Employees at Piala who did not smoke, the company announced, would be rewarded with up to six additional vacation days a year.

Japanese Company Offers Extra Days Off to Workers Who Don’t Smoke

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Quitting Smoking, Boosting Vitamin D Reduces MS Healthcare Costs, Improves Outcomes

People with multiple sclerosis (MS) who quit smoking have better health outcomes than those who continue. Therefore, MS-related costs can be reduced by encouraging smokers to quit.

Similar results were observed in MS patients with healthy vitamin D levels, Maura Pugliatti, from the University of Ferrara, in Italy, said Friday in a presentation at the 7th Joint ECTRIMS-ACTRIMS Meeting in Paris, France.

Quitting Smoking, Boosting Vitamin D Reduces MS Healthcare Costs, Improves Outcomes

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