How will smoking affect your appearance? 

Megan is 16 and a smoker. A make-up artist transforms her appearance to demonstrate the effects that smoking will have on her body. Will the results make Megan rethink her habit?

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Transcript of How will smoking affect your appearance?

Hi. I'm Megan.

I'm 16 years old and I'm a smoker.

My first cigarette of the day is in the morning.

I have a glass of water or a cup of tea

and then have one straightaway as soon as I get up.

I think I am addicted because I do have to smoke every day

otherwise I do get a bit stressy.

And when I don't have one and I need one I get really angry.

I know my mum doesn't really like it

but my dad smokes so she can't really say anything.

I do say sometimes, "I'm going to give up,"

but then I do end up smoking.

My appearance is quite important.

I wouldn't go out without putting on any make-up or doing my hair nicely.

We're going to see a theatrical make-up artist

who's going to do my make-up

and make me look like I've been smoking for a long time.

- Hi, Megan. How are you? - Good.

I'm Sylvie. Would you like to come with me?

Right, Megan, we're going to take the make-up off you've got on at the moment,

and just before we do the make-up we are going to cover the mirror

so you can see the impact at the end.

It'll be quite a shock.

Oh, my God.

Not very nice, is it?

Ugh. Look at my teeth.


The teeth, definitely the worst bit's the teeth.

They look like they're rotting.

I look so old.

It's disgusting.

Shocking. It's horribly shocking.

I don't think I'm going to be smoking for much longer.


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