HC Deb 30 January 1998 vol 305 c429W
Dr. Kumar

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research work he has(a) commissioned and (b) evaluated into the long-term and short-term effects on the skin of smoking. [25609]

Ms Jowell


However, research has been conducted by the Twin Research Unit at St. Thomas Hospital, London which found dramatic differences in skin aging between smoking and non-smoking twins.

A smoker's skin was found to be 40 per cent. thinner than that of her twin's—0.57 millimetres compared with 0.91 millimetres.

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