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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredI have a few bones to pick about smoking. Literally. There are a lot of terrible things smoking does to the body, and I have one more to add to the list: Smoking robs density from your bones. For years we have known that smoking is a risk factor for osteoporosis, a condition that causes bones to weaken and break. The longer you smoke, the greater your risk of a bone fracture. And if you do break a bone, smoking will delay healing.
Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answeredYou wouldn't blast your living room with smoke 20 times a day, so why do it to your body? In addition to the damage smoking can do to your lungs and arteries, it's destructive to your bones. Smoking increases your risk of osteoporosis, making your bones weaker over time.
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Smoking has been shown to have a direct relationship to the risk of osteoporosis, or loss of bone mass. There also seems to be an increased risk for bone fractures. The exact mechanism remains unclear, because other factors can be hard to separate out in studies, but smokers who fracture a bone may take longer to heal than nonsmokers and may experience more complications during the healing process. Quitting smoking appears to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and fracture, but this may take several years to occur.