Women Smokers Face Higher Health Risks

I am sure everyone is aware that smoking causes lung cancer and heart disease but do you know women smokers face higher health risks compared to men?

Well, you may not be aware of but research has shown women smokers face higher health risks and it is also more difficult for women smokers to quit smoking?

They are usually less successful than their male smoking counterparts when it comes to quitting smoking successfully.
But hey if you are a woman reading this, don’t let this research finding set you back and be an excuse for not being able to quit. You can change those statistics, you know you can do it.
 

Now let us take a look at why is it more difficult for women smokers to quit smoking?

It also looks like some form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is less effective in women that men.smoking woman

• One of the main concerns is weight gain, fearing that they weight will balloon once they quit. What’s gaining a few pounds vs what you can gain from being smoke free? Believe me, there’s more to that and also you can quit smoking without gaining weight.

• It also looks like some form of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) is less effective in women that men.

• Some quit smoking medications used as quit smoking aids are not recommended for pregnant women. Also, a women’s menstrual cycle do affect tobacco withdrawal symptoms and reaction to anti-smoking drugs.

• The review also found husbands/male partners provide less support to women who are trying to quit compared to the support women give to their husbands.

• But should you take these reasons stated as to “why women smokers find it more difficult to quit” and leave it as that? There are more to that than meets the eye.

 

So women smokers face higher health risks. What are they?

• Female smokers have almost twice the lung cancer and heart attack risk than their male counterparts.

• Smoking and cervical cancer and breast cancer link.

• Women smokers also experience heavier menstrual bleeding, period pain and irregular period.

• They find it more difficult to conceive and reach menopause couple of years earlier than their non-smoking peers.

• Stroke risk also increases for young women smokers compared to their non-smoking peers.

• Stroke risk increases for young women smokers who are on the pill at the same time. So women smokers who are on oral contraceptives, please take note. Interestingly, stroke is more common in men than in women. However, more than half the total stroke deaths occur in women and at all ages, more women than men.

• Women smokers are more likely to get pms (pre menstrual syndrome).

 

As you can see from above, women smokers face higher health risks despite the facts that on average women smoked significantly lesser than men.

However by cutting down or quitting smoking (that’s the best) can reduce the risk.

The good news is when women stop smoking, their stroke risk decreases significantly. After five years of being smoke-free, former smokers have the same stroke risk as non-smokers. So you can see for yourself that the earlier you quit, the better it is.

People who quit smoking before 35 can have the same life expectancy as those who have never smoked.

Thought you may like to know that smoking causes the normal aging of your skin to be sped up contributing to wrinkles. Note; the changes to your skin are irreversible.

I don’t know about you but to me, it looks like as a women smoker, you are at a bigger disadvantage. With all the health risks listed pointing to the fact that women smokers do face higher health risks, don’t you think it’s a good time to kick the habit now?