Identical twins may be born with nearly the exact same DNA, but what ultimately determines their life paths and overall health (including their genes), are the choices they make throughout their lives, which include diet and whether or not they make the decision to take up the nasty habit of smoking cigarettes, among other things.
In this experiment researchers take an excellent opportunity to study identical twins and how smoking may, or may not, affect their physical appearance and external look of health.
Check out the pictures below and see if you can guess who the smokers are without checking below;
The twin that has smoked is on the left... Just kidding!
The twin on the right has smoked for 16 years of her life and has also spent a significant amount of time in the sun according to her own account, which can also age skin.
It is important to note that smoking also depletes vitamin A. Below you can see them from the sides.
The twin on the left, with the heavy bags under her eyes and wrinkles on her forehead has smoked half a pack of cigarettes a day for the past 14 years, while her sister has never smoked.
Although this one may seem tricky to begin with, the smoker is on the right which you can tell by her lips and wrinkles, particularly in her neck.
The identical twin which smokes is on the right, you can see her eyes seem more tired and aged than her sister.
The sister on the left, which clearly has more wrinkles on her face, is the smoker.
It is well known that smoking not only shortens life span but also quality of life. It has been linked to autoimmune disease, osteoporosis, heart disease, stroke, and cancer, among other things. The strange thing is in the past the scientific community (aside from a handful of scientists and doctors who were made out to look like kooks) claimed there was no link between smoking and cancer and, as a result, almost an entire generation became addicted.
If you or someone you know struggles with smoking you can click HERE for help.
You have permission to republish this article under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Choice and Truth
Do you like to read about personal development, spirituality, health or activism? There is a new social network called Aweditoria that is purely based around interests. You can follow topics there and see the best small stories, ideas and concepts in those fields. Click here to try it out, it’s free and only takes few seconds to join.