According to a recent report from researchers at John Hopkins University and the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, women smokers are at greater risk for coronary artery disease and than men who smoke. Compared to women who don’t smoke, female smokers are 25 percent more likely to suffer from heart disease and are at double risk for lung problems.
Researchers are concerned about the risk because of the tobacco industry’s advertising strategies.
“What makes the realization that women are at increased risk worrisome is that the tobacco industry views women as its growth market,”Matthew A. Steliga, MD, and Carolyn M. Dresler, MD, from the University of Arkansas in Little Rock, wrote in accompanying commentary.
The report was gathered from an analysis of data of nearly 2.4 million people between 1996 and 2010.
If you’re thinking about quitting or already have, this might be a good reminder to keep you on track.