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I was 33, almost 34 when I quit.
You can still tell if somebody smokes or not whether they're 25 or 55. Yes, decades of damage from smoking will pile up and a 55-year-old smoker will be easier to spot by their looks than a twentysomething. But the next time you're out among a number of people, take a good close look at the faces of those who've got a fag in their hand. Unless it's really some 18-year-old who only two years ago smoked his or her first ever cigarette, you will notice that their skin is less even and just looks much more dull and pimply than it should at a young age (although this can of course be offset by late-adolescent acne).
A while ago I was at a big petrol station here, and there was a girl behind the counter who was about 21, 23 maybe. She had rough, uneven skin for her age, and I thought, she definitely looks like a smoker. And then a few days later, I drove past the petrol station again and caught a glimpse of her sitting at the back entrance smoking a cigarette.
One curious thing about smoking is that for a long time, you don't realise just how shit it makes you look. That's how it was with me anyway. It's only when you really really take a good look at yourself in the mirror that you realise what it's doing to you. Maybe I was lucky enough that it just hit me one day. I am not saying it was all just vanity that I didn't want smoking to ruin my looks any further; I was definitely feeling the effects of a pack a day on my overall physical well-being. But in the end, a healthy looking face is quite a powerful indicator that you are in fact in good physical health, so it's all connected in a way.