Passive Smoke 'Bone Risk Boost'
SECOND-HAND smoke increases the risk of the bone disease osteoporosis, researchers have found.
The US/Chinese study showed exposure to passive smoking boosted pre-menopausal women's osteoporosis risk threefold.
An International Osteoporosis Foundation meeting in Toronto, also heard men, as well as women, increase osteoporosis risk by smoking.
Experts said the studies added to understanding of the link between smoking and the bone disease. Click here for the rest of the story.
(Originally published on the BBC News web site, Aug. 6, 2006. Read also my earlier post, 'Waiting to Inhale,' June 28, 2006.)