Smoking and Hair Loss

For men who smoke, the chances of going bald are much higher than the non-smokers. Smoking has various side effects; however, the link between smoking and hair loss is not a well known fact.

Smoking does destroy hair follicles, it affects the manner in which hormones and blood circulates in the scalp and even increases estrogen production. Taiwanese researchers at the Far Eastern Memorial Hospital recently carried out a study on 740 persons between the ages of 40 and 92 years, in which they carefully studied the link between Androgenetic Alopecia [ALA], which is known more commonly as male pattern baldness and smoking. The study also looked into estimating the amount of Asian men affected by hair loss due to smoking.

The results of the study indicated that smoking did play a fairly big role in hair loss, ranging between moderate and severe levels. This was even more apparent in men who smoked 20 or more cigarettes per day. Comparing ethnicities, the danger of hair loss due to smoking was very much lower amongst Taiwanese males.

The study controlled factors such as family history and age, which brought out other factors which were fairly significant. They included the intensity of smoking, number of cigarettes smoked per day and a person’s current smoking status.

Men who exhibit very early signs of Androgenetic Alopecia or male pattern baldness should be clearly informed of the danger smoking could cause to their hair loss issue, so that they would be able to prevent hair loss to reach advanced stages.