Fast Facts About Women and Smoking
- Heart disease is the #1 killer of women in the United States. Cigarette smoking doubles your risk.
- Women who smoke have more heart attacks, cancers, oral health problems, and lung conditions.
- Since 1987, lung cancer kills many more women every year than breast cancer.
- Unlike so many other health conditions or diseases, you have the power to prevent yourself from suffering from smoking-related illnesses or death. The benefits of not smoking start within days of quitting.
- Working women smokers report more days lost from work due to illness and injury than working women who do not smoke.
- Smoking may affect your ability to get pregnant.
- Smoking during pregnancy increases the risk of miscarriage, stillbirth, premature or early delivery, and infants born with low birth weight.
- Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) occurs 2 times more often among babies of smoking mothers.
- Teens who smoke are 3 times more likely than teens who don't smoke to use alcohol, 8 times more likely to use marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine. Smoking is also related to other risky behaviors, such as fighting and engaging in unprotected sex.
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Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the National Women's Health Information Center ( http://www.4women.gov/).
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Last Editorial Review: 2/1/2005