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Smoking and Dancer`s

06/07/1999

Question:

I`m doing a project on the effects of smoking and dancer`s.I myself am a dancer and I do smoke and this information will be really helpful....I need to Know if smoking really does keep a dancer`s weight down and is it really worth it in the long run and also does smoking effect their performance?

Answer:

Although many smokers feel that smoking enhances athletic performance, I could find no scientific evidence for this. Chronic smoking of course impairs stamina because of decreased oxygenation of the blood. In terms of weight control, a study showed a less that 2 pound weight drop when smoking was initiated. Is this worth the markedly increased risk of lung disease, heart disease, and cancer?

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Response by:

Jerry   Friemoth, MD Jerry Friemoth, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati