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FOC U032 - Smoking and the Skin

Ticket required for admission, no tuition fee. Ticket holds seat for only 15 minutes after the official start time.


Date: Saturday, August 18

CME Credits: 1.50

Location: Room 208

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Director: Sergei A. Grando, MD, PhD, FAAD - Handout

Learning Objectives:
Following this course, the attendee should be able to:

  • Predict the effect of smoking on a specific dermatologic condition.
  • Recognize skin diseases caused and aggravated by smoking
  • Identify the mechanism of action of tobacco products on the skin.

In addition to a well known harmful role of smoking in several inflammatory skin diseases, such as psoriasis and hidradenitis suppurativa, there is a high risk of developing skin cancers among first- and second-hand smokers. The nicotinic class of cutaneous cholinergic receptors mediates, in part, the tumorigenic effect of tobacco nitrosamines. On the other hand, there is a negative association of smoking with certain skin diseases, such as pyoderma gangrenosum and pemphigus. The dichotomous effect of smoking can be explained through the nicotinic receptor-mediated action of nicotine on different cutaneous cell types involved in a particular disease.