Smoking and Scars - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/7/04

Smoking and Scars

We already know smoking is hazardous to your health, but a new study finds it may also be damaging to your skin.that the toxins in smoke aggravate the body's ability to heal wounds.

Researchers from the University of California believe this may explain why people who live with smokers are more likely to be slow healers and end up with bigger scars than those who are in a smoke free environment.

It's long been recommended that smokers kick the habit before going into surgery to improve their healing time but this is the first indication that second hand smoke may also trigger a more difficult healing process and bigger scars.

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