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Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 6:38am
Teen girls who smoke may face an increased risk for osteoporosis later in life. A study of nearly two hundred girls, ages eleven to nineteen, found those who smoked had lower bone mineral density in areas that are particularly vulnerable to fracture later in life, like the lumbar spine and hip. Experts say the teenage years are critical for bone accumulation and smoking appears to interfere with the process.