Cigarettes May Pose More Harm to Women Than Men
Female smokers at higher risk for heart disease, says study
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Aug 11, 2011 5:10 PM CDT
Cigarettes are more harmful to women's hearts than they are to men's, a study suggests.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Scientists have issued a warning for women smokers: Their relative risk of coronary heart disease is 25% higher than that of male smokers, a review of studies from 1966 to 2010 reveals. The reason is unclear, but "women might extract a greater quantity of carcinogens and other toxic agents from the same number of cigarettes than men,” wrote the researchers in the Lancet. That “could explain why women who smoke have double the risk of lung cancer compared with their male counterparts."

The study examined data on more than 2 million people around the world, notes the CBC. “What makes the realization that women are at increased risk worrisome is that the tobacco industry views women as its growth market,” wrote two doctors in an accompanying commentary, according to MedPage Today. So while smoking rates are generally higher for men, the "targeting of both sexes is imperative for smoking prevention and cessation on a global, national, and individual basis.”

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Smoking Studies: Cigarettes Damage Womens Hearts More Than Mens is...
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Showing 3 of 4 comments
Aug 11, 2011 11:56 PM CDT
What a surprise. Did you notice Rupert Murdoch's Chinese warrior? She's got two little kids with him and his testicles are older than dirt. How many women reproducing when they are so old they fall asleep in Parlament? Women have a specific function and when it's over they loose the hormones that protect their heart and whatever. The only reason they live longer is cause men have so many worries that the cortisol eats their DNA. After that it's only genetics. Rupert's mother is 102. And she still calls him an ass. Why he had to make so much money to prove her wrong. He never will. Sometimes, you gotta take pleasure in just knowing what people really want and how they'll never get it.
Aug 11, 2011 9:25 PM CDT
That cause when I brake a girls heart she smokes more.
Aug 11, 2011 5:42 PM CDT
I knew it!!! First we let them smoke.... Then Woman's Lib Then we gave them the vote.... So looked what happened That's why ladies when we say "shut up and get back in the kitchen"'s for your own good.