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Addiction and Substance Abuse

Tobacco

12/05/2006

Question:

Does tobacco make your hair fall out?

Answer:

There is no data to show that tobacco makes your hair fall out. Smoking does constrict (narrow) the blood vessels, which in turn decreases blood flow to the heart and other organs. Most of the information regarding hair is that smoking makes the hair, clothes, and breath smell bad.

According to the American Cancer Society:
"Nicotine can make new smokers, and regular smokers who get too much of it, feel dizzy or sick to their stomachs. The resting heart rate for young smokers increases 2 to 3 beats per minute. Nicotine also lowers skin temperature and reduces blood flow in the legs and feet. It plays an important role in increasing smokers' risk of heart disease and stroke. Because nicotine is such a powerful constrictor of arteries, many vascular surgeons refuse to operate on patients with peripheral artery disease unless they stop smoking."


Two good websites to refer to are:

American Cancer Society

American Heart Association

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Response by:

Kathy Vesha, RN, BSN, MA
Formerly:
Kick It!
The James
The Ohio State University