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Can smoking raise your risk for weaker bones later in life?

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Yes. The more you smoke and the longer you smoke, the greater risk you have of a fracture in old age. Quitting smoking appears to lower this risk over time.

From: Types of Osteoporosis WebMD Medical Reference

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Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions" and  "Osteoporosis in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 20, 2017

SOURCES:

Department of Health and Human Services: "Bone Health and Osteoporosis: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2004."

National Osteoporosis Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions" and  "Osteoporosis in Children and Adolescents."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on November 20, 2017

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