Cigarettes don’t make teenage girls thinner, but may make boys shorter

New research, funded by the Canadian Cancer Society, shows that teenage girls who smoke cigarettes are no more likely to lose weight than girls who don't smoke. But boys who smoke do show a decrease in height as well as body mass index (BMI).

The study based on data collected over a five year period from 1293 Montreal teenagers may have an effect on girls who start smoking to control their weight. Male teens should know that a boy who smokes 10 cigarettes a day from age 12 to 17 will be about an inch shorter that one who doesn’t.

Read the complete Canadian Cancer Society press release.