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Smoking delays puberty in girls

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Drinking and smoking might delay the onset of puberty in girls, according to American researchers.

The study also warned that girls over the age of 13 reaching puberty late because of drinking or smoking might not grow as tall as they should, and their bones may not become as strong as they would otherwise. Early use of alcohol or tobacco could disrupt hormones.

Data from previously conducted interviews with 3,106 girls aged 11-21 was used in the research, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

 

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