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Harmful Effects of Smoking

The Harmful Effects of Smoking.

 

They're Real. But Now There's a Better Solution.

 

The harmful effects of smoking are well known. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the U.S. and is linked to cancer, lung diseases, heart attacks, and more.

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But did you know that women smokers run even greater risks than their male counterparts?

Women smokers decrease their life expectancy by a full year more than men – men lose 13.2 years due to smoking, while women smokers lose 14.5 years of life.

Heart disease is still the leading cause of death among women and – no surprise here – it is one of the most harmful effects of smoking. Smoking lowers women’s estrogen and high-density lipoproteins that prevent arteries from blockage. Women who smoke after menopause tend to have lower bone density along with more hip fractures.

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More women die from lung cancer than from breast cancer and the rates have dramatically increased in recent years. Smoking now accounts for 80 percent of lung cancer deaths among women. Smoking also accounts for 90 percent of all deaths from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), the 3rd leading cause of death in the U.S.

You don’t have to wait until you’re older to learn about the harmful effects of smoking and how bad it is for your health. In fact, smoking when you’re on birth control pills is particularly bad, because together these increase women’s chances of having a stroke or a heart attack.

During their child-bearing years, women’s reproductive health as well as pregnancy outcomes are adversely affected by smoking. Research has shown that smoking makes it harder for women to conceive and can also result in infertility.

Women who smoke when they’re pregnant increase their chances of premature delivery. And their babies tend to be lower in birth weight and are three to four times more likely to die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

Tobacco companies run appealing ads that depict women smokers as modern, empowered, and liberated. What’s so modern about traditional cigarettes? We all know the health risks.

For more information, read Wikipedia on women and smoking: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women_and_smoking

And Women’s Health Magazine: http://www.womenshealthmag.com/health/women-smoking

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