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Can smoking trigger/increase symptoms of chronic exertional compartment syndrome?

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Dr. Susan Woods
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Probably/why risk it

Cecs happens due to reduced blood flow in muscle areas.
It happens in physically active people, for whom smoking can rob oxygen and reduce your exercise tolerance. In any person, tobacco exposes you to 50 known carcinogens plus carbon monoxide and other chemicals. Best thing would be not risking any tobacco (and it gets harder to stop as you get older). Free, no-nag help at 800-quit-now.

In brief: Probably/why risk it

Cecs happens due to reduced blood flow in muscle areas.
It happens in physically active people, for whom smoking can rob oxygen and reduce your exercise tolerance. In any person, tobacco exposes you to 50 known carcinogens plus carbon monoxide and other chemicals. Best thing would be not risking any tobacco (and it gets harder to stop as you get older). Free, no-nag help at 800-quit-now.
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