Why Women Should Quit Smoking
Why Women Should Quit Smoking Although in the early twentieth century it was uncommon to
see a woman with a cigarette in her hand it has become common enough that eighteen percent of American women smoke
cigarettes daily. The problem with women smoking as much as they currently are is that they are now suffering all
the medical issues that were formally a worry for only the male population. Due to these conditions arising in
women more lung cancer has become the leading cause of cancer deaths in women, surpassing breast cancer. The
medical conditions that smoking is causing in women, and the resulting deaths, are not only on the rise, but
exceeding some of the mens statistics. This year alone over seventy thousand women will die from smoking related
cancers. Studies have further confirmed that somewhere around one hundred and eighty thousand women die each year
because of smoking related causes. These are frightening statistics! This alone should convince a woman to quit
smoking. Research has shown that smoking cigarettes is worse for women than for their male counterparts. Women in
their middle thirties plus are at risk by ten and a half times that of a non-smoker to pass way because of
developing emphysema or other chronic breathing conditions. These conditions are commonly lumped into one category
called chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, also known as COPD. At one time only men who smoked died of these
breathing problems but it is now more common for a woman to die from a smoking related COPD than a man. Changing
attitudes in society that allowed women to smoke have not truly been of benefit to the health of these same women.
Women who are smokers will also raise their risks of developing other serious medical conditions. This includes
cancer of the kidney, bladder, larynx, esophagus or pancreas. They also double their risk of heart disease. Women
who have reached an age where they have already gone through menopause have other health issues that are
complicated by smoking. They will find that their years of smoking have affected their bones, causing them to be
weaker, less dense, and more brittle. This aggravates the chance of a hip fractures that women who have stayed away
from smoking will not have. It also ages a woman terribly as the smoke adds to the wrinkles on her face making her
look older and less attractive. Oddly most women start to smoke as teenagers because they are made to believe that
it is a benefit to them. Like boys they often begin to fit in with their peers or because they think it makes them
look more mature. But here is where it changes. Girls frequently continue to smoke because they believe that it
keeps them slim and sexy looking. They believe the hype that says that smoking acts as an appetite suppressor and
is a healthy way to keep their figures. With all the potential diseases and the high risks to their health women
need to think twice before they light up.
Stop Smoking Enlist the support of family members, friends and even co-workers to assist you in staying strong when cravings start to get the better of you. There are other support groups set up by community or medical organizations. there are quite a few Websites devoted to supporting those who are going through nicotine withdrawal. There are even forums where persons can gather from all over the world to discuss their battles with smoking. Seeking advice from others who have been there and have survived will be of great help because they can share what worked for them and help you to stay strong.
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