Health Risks for Teenage Smokers

@winterose (39918)
Canada
April 1, 2008 11:31am CST
according to this study there is a myth that teenager girls are slimmer if they smoke, and that is not true, they are no slimmer than non smoking girls, but the study shows that teenage smoking can stunt growth in teenager boys http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080331135155.htm what do you think? do you smoke and how old were you when you started? does your teenagers smoke, do your teenage boys appear shorter than their friends?
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Apr 08
I was 17 my kids were plder didnt stunt their growth and then if ya think that my hubby stoo 6ft.1 and started when he was 10
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@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
2 Apr 08
oh and I and daughter are 5ft six and my boys are close to 6 foot goes right in with traights of our familysOnly my mom and sis are shorter and they dont smoke momma is 5ft 2 and my sis is 5ft 4
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@ElicBxn (60895)
• United States
1 Apr 08
I have never smoked, but my brother did when he was about 14-16 then quit Maybe THAT'S why he's only 5'6!
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
6 Apr 08
I think that smoking does stunt your growth. It has always been a myth but I do believe it. I think smoking does curb some person's appetite though and that is what makes them get thinner. I started smoking in my late teens. It used to keep me from eating alot which helped me to lose some weight. I have a teenage girl and she don't smoke. I don't have any boys.
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@queenofarms (1665)
• United States
2 Apr 08
My grandmother always told me smoking would stunt my growth. But I think it was just a way to keep me from smoking. It didn't work. I started smoking when I was 16. My oldest daughter smokes and she stands 5'6. My husband stands 6'1 and he smokes. My stepdad stood 6'3 and he smoked. So no I don't think it stunts your growth.
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• United States
2 Apr 08
Yes I smoke and I have tried everything to stop smoking and I even tried cold turkey nothing works but my daughter doesn't smoke at all and she is as tall a me and of course my son did smoke and he is 6'1 and my daughter and I are only 5'6 but my son quit cold turkey and I don't know how he did it but he did and I am so proud of him. him and I both started at age 16 he is 28 now and I am 51. and he is slim and don't know how much he weighs but I weigh at 122 1/2 pounds.
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