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Does Smoking Cause Hair Loss?

About 20% of adults smoke in the United Kingdom - that amounts to just under 10 million people. Although numbers for smokers has decreased over the past few years, smoking is still a strong addiction to many British people. 

The funny thing is, although the most well-known concern about smoking is the high-risks of lung-cancer, as well any other forms, there seems to be a deep concern over the relation to smoking with hair loss, leading to the common question constantly asked: Does smoking cause hair loss?


Smoking causes other signs of premature ageing such as increased lines and wrinkles and a pale, drawn appearance so why not add baldness to this list? Male pattern baldness is usually permanent but other types of hair loss are not and can be reversed. If the cause of the hair loss is treated then new hair will grow.


Technically, smoking does not cause hair loss, as male/female pattern baldness is genetic. But, if you are prone to lose your hair (genetically), then smoking will not help your case. 

Smoking, like excessive drinking and abusing illegal drugs, is not a healthy option to take in life, and it does indeed pose many risks to your health. Having healthy hair is another aspect of your health, therefore if smoking were to have any sort of effect on your hair, then it would most likely be negative, in the same way that drinking green tea would have a positive effect on your hair. 

So, the verdict is: Smoking does not directly cause hair loss, and it has not been scientifically tested to prove in any way to show that it could, but if you are suffering from common hair loss conditions such as pattern baldness and alopecia, then it's probably best to just stay away from cigarettes, as they will most likely do you more bad than good. 

Article by Emma Tindal

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