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A 21-year-old male asked:

Does smoking effect muscle mass? i pretty sure it effect exercise performance.

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Dr. Stanley Berger
Cardiology 33 years experience
Lung function: At your age, the more immediate effect would likely be respiratory. In one study, muscle mass was evaluated in older men (45-85 y/o) and smokers did have lower muscle mass. Smoking also causes strokes, heart attacks and amputations of the legs - quit now!

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Last updated May 8, 2016

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