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A 23-year-old male asked:

Any good proof on smoking stunting growth? use to smoke hookah daily for 2 years betwwn ages 16-18, was late bloomer, did i messed my growth?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Don't know: A Université de Montréal study of 1,293 teens over a 5 yr period. funded by Canadian Cancer Society indicated “a boy who smokes 10 cigarettes a day from age 12 to 17 will be about an inch shorter than a boy who does not smoke at all.” https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2008/03/080331135155.htm. I was unable to find the actual study to review it. I haven’t seen this reported elsewhere.

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