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What a Drag: Smoking and Your Skin Quiz
by Staff
Mirror, mirror upon the wall. Who is the wrinkliest of them all? Smoking can cause more than lung cancer -- how much do you know about how smoking affects your skin?

What color complexion do smokers often develop?

  • reddish
  • brownish
  • bluish
  • yellowish

True or false: Smoking causes your skin to sag and wrinkle prematurely.

  • true
  • false

How many years does it take for permanent skin changes to happen if you smoke?

  • 5
  • 10
  • 15
  • 20

If you smoke, what area of your skin usually shows signs of premature aging?

  • on the face
  • on the inner arms
  • below the neck
  • all of the above

True or false: Wrinkles caused by smoking are not permanent.

  • true
  • false

Why does smoking cause wrinkles?

  • nicotine narrows blood vessels in your skin
  • smoking damages connective fibers in your skin
  • smoking reduces the oxygen in your skin
  • all of the above

How many chemicals in tobacco smoke contribute to skin damage?

  • less than 100
  • about 500
  • between 1,000 and 2,000
  • more than 4,000

In addition to the damage nicotine causes, which of the following also contributes to smoking-related skin damage?

  • pursing lips to inhale
  • squinting to shield eyes from smoke
  • tobacco smoke
  • all of the above

What do collagen and elastin do for your skin?

  • fight acne
  • keep skin strong and youthful-looking
  • determine skin pigment
  • give you freckles

Facial wrinkles can be seen in smokers as early as what age?

  • 20 years old
  • 30 years old
  • 40 years old