Home Health Parents News Now Teen Girls Who Smoke At Higher Risk for Low Bone Density Teen Girls Who Smoke At Higher Risk for Low Bone Density By Holly Lebowitz Rossi December 13, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print shutterstock_91975409 30075 "The scientists studied 262 healthy girls ages 11 to 19, using questionnaires and interviews to assess their smoking habits. The researchers also measured the girls' bone density at the hip and lumbar spine three times at one-year intervals. Smokers entered adolescence with the same lumbar and hip bone density as nonsmokers, but by age 19, they were about a year behind on average. After adjusting for other factors that affect bone health — height, weight, hormonal contraceptive use and more — the researchers found that even relatively low or irregular rates of smoking were independently associated with lower bone density." Image: Teen girl smoking, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Email Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! No comments yet. Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Teen Girls Who Smoke At Higher Risk for Low Bone Density Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.