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Fat chance of cigarettes keeping you slim ...

ONLY 3 percent of Shanghai women smoke but experts said yesterday that they are seeing a rising number of young women turning to cigarettes in the mistaken belief it will help them stay slim.

Doctors say smoking is never a good way to lose weight and is a bad habit that can damage the skin and cause fertility problems.

Xu Liping, a doctor at the Shanghai Time Plastic Surgery Hospital, said more than 80 percent of female out-patients who smoke complained of skin problems.

"Compared with men, women are more likely to suffer skin problems from smoking," Xu said. "They get more wrinkles, especially around their eyes and lips, compared to women who do not smoke."

"Instead of looking to get a facelift, I suggest these women quit smoking, which is the cause of all sorts of problems," he said.

He added: "In my clinic, 30 percent of smoking women are fatter than those who don't smoke."

Hu Zhaoming, vice director of the Shanghai Association for Smoking Control, said that a long-held belief that smoking can keep people fit wasn't true.

Alice Huang, 25, who saw doctors yesterday about spots on her face, was told laser therapy was the only answer. She was surprised to learn the spots were caused by smoking.

Huang said she had read online that smoking could help control weight and that's why she took up the habit eight years ago.


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