Smoking Hits Women Harder

Woman who smoke are at a higher risk for certain illnesses compared to their male counterparts. The latest research showing the differences between the sexes was presented at the University School of Medicine this November. Here are some of the findings:

Woman who smoke are more vulnerable to lung cancer than men who smoke.
Woman who smoke develop more facial wrinkles than men who smoke.
Woman who smoke experience more gum inflammation than men who smoke.
There is also strong evidence that suggests that children of woman who smoke have a higher rate of medical problems, such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and sudden infant death syndrome. The rates of such conditions are increased between 50 percent and 500 percent in the children of pregnant woman who smoke compared with the children of those who do not.

Smoking has also been linked to fertility problems. Studies have shown that exposure to tobacco smoke can decrease the production of eggs within the ovaries. This has even been shown to occur in very young woman.

If you are thinking about quitting, make sure your quit plan addresses the three key components behind why most people smoke:

addiction to nicotine

Psychological dependence on nicotine to control your mood (in other words, smoking because of stress) habit.

The best way to address all three of these issues is to combine some form of quit smoking medication (gum, patch or Zyban) with a good behavioral program, such as those the American Lung Association offer.

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