Cigarettes: They’re Bad to the Bone(s)

by TOI Admin March 23, 2015

Last year, CVS stores embarked on a bold initiative and stopped selling cigarettes and all tobacco products.  The health of their customers is more important than the $2 billion (yes, billion) they will lose in revenues each year.

TOI Health commends CVS (now branded as CVSHealth) in their efforts to take a stand against smoking. Our physicians understand the debilitating affects smoking can have on the human body, in particular the musculoskeletal system (the bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and nerves in the body).  

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) states, “Tobacco smokers experience a decrease in bone mineral density which increases the risk of osteoporotic fractures. Bone density loss is also found in people exposed to secondhand smoke. Furthermore, smokers have impaired bone healing, which can delay the healing of fractures and wounds, and has shown to negatively influence wound healing, bone surgery results and patient satisfaction when compared to nonsmokers.”

Dr. Jason Shinn, an orthopaedic surgeon at TOI, explains specific musculoskeletal conditions caused by smoking in this article: The Effects of Smoking on the Musculoskeletal System. He also provides information and resources on how to quit smoking cigarettes and using tobacco products.

Remember, smoking is not just bad for your bones; it can also damage every other single part of your body. CVSHealth, TOI Health, and countless other resources are here to help. 







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