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People find smokers less physically attractive, says study


A NEW report has suggested that iIt's been scientifically proven that people are more likely to find smokers less attractive."

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Bristol and the University of Oxford, and was published in the peer-reviewed journal Royal Society Open Science on an open access basis.

Researchers asked people to rate sets of photographs of identical twins where one twin smoked and the other didn't. They found people could sometimes tell whether people smoked, and tended to prefer the faces of non-smokers.

But according to NHS's Behind The Headlines, there are problems with the study that make it hard to rely on its results. It was a small study involving only 23 sets of mostly white twins, and all of them, apart from 3 sets, were men.

Researchers wanted to see whether people could identify smokers from non-smokers by face alone, and whether they preferred non-smoking faces

The study had inconclusive results. Analysed one way, results suggested people could tell smokers from non-smokers by face alone.

But analysed another way, the results suggested people's chances of identifying smokers was no better than flipping a coin and they had no preference for non-smokers over smokers.

Participants were also shown computer-generated images using the photos of all the twins to see if they could spot the typical smoker and the non-smoker. Here too they also found the non-smoker more attractive.

Aside from the obvious advantages of reducing your risk of cancer, heart disease and stroke, quitting smoking can help delay skin ageing, keep your teeth from becoming stained, and improve the smell of your breath.

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