Yes, this is your skin on smoking.
Health and Wellness Wednesday
Our dear mother/grandmother loved smoking so much that even after she quit at age 50, she dream-smoked her way through another 20+ years until she succumbed to emphysema. In her dream she would light her unfiltered Pall-Mall, place it between her pursed lips, inhale a deep and glorious breath wrapping her lungs in a warm blanket of smoke, and exhale a smokeless breath through her nose and mouth.
Who knows. Maybe she even dreamt she was Bette Davis in the 1942 movie Now Voyager where the heroine's sexual awakening culminated in leading man Paul Henreid lighting two cigarettes in his mouth, then placing one between her lips. Very Freudian, but you go, Mom!
Unfortunately, cigarettes wreak all kinds of havoc on our bodies -- more than the bodies of men. Research by reputable medical bodies has shown that nictoine is more addictive for women and that the aging effect of smoking on the skin is worse for women. Woe, is us. We can't seem to catch a break when it comes to the damn aging process.