Smoker's face

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"Smoker's face" describes the characteristic changes that happen to the faces of many people who smoke.[1][2] The general appearance is of accelerated aging of the face, with a characteristic pattern of facial wrinkling and sallow coloration.

A summary of a study published by the National Institutes of Health found that certain facial features appeared in about 46% of continuing smokers and 8% of former smokers who had smoked a full decade while those same features were absent in a control group of non-smokers.[3]


  1. ^ Smoker's Face: Beauty is only skin deep Archived 2012-05-03 at the Wayback Machine, UK Department of Health
  2. ^ Personal Health: Smoker's Face, The New York Times, June 19, 1996
  3. ^ Model D (1985). "Smoker's face: an underrated clinical sign?". Br Med J (Clin Res Ed). 291 (6511): 1760–1762. doi:10.1136/bmj.291.6511.1760. PMC 1419177. PMID 3936573.