The Scoop On Smoking from ACSH: what every teen should know about tobacco

slow healing of broken bones

the bottom line

It takes much longer for broken bones to heal in smokers than in nonsmokers.

just the facts

  • in one group of people who had broken their legs, complete healing took an average of 269 days in smokers, as compared to 136 days in nonsmokers. (1)

1. Schmitz MA, Finnegan M, Natarajan R, Champine J. Effect of smoking on tibial shaft fracture healing. Clinical Orthopedics 1999;365:184-200.

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