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Tobacco and Musculoskeletal Health

You may already know that smoking and tobacco have been linked with lung and heart problems, as well as certain cancers. But most people don’t know that it’s also really bad for your bones and joints. Here’s what we know:

Smoking weakens your bones!

  • Smoking makes it harder for your body to absorb calcium from your diet. Less calcium can mean more fragile bones.
  • People who smoke have a greater chance of developing osteoporosis, a bone weakening that causes fractures. Elderly people who smoke are 30-40% more likely to break their hips than others like them that don’t smoke.
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