Tobacco has become a global health problem as many die prematurely each year because of its use.
Women are affected differently to men and are suffering more; although they smoke fewer cigarettes than men they are at greater health risk.
A recent study found that women are at greater risk for coronary heart disease than men, although they may smoke less.
According to the report women have an increased risk for these diseases and the increase is a significant 25% more.
For the study researchers analyzed data from studies between 1966 and 2010.
In 2010 the World Health Organization (WHO) focused the ‘World No Tobacco Day’ on smoking among women. It made controlling the epidemic of tobacco use among women an important part of tobacco control strategy.
10 Facts on Women and tobacco fro WHO.
WHO identified the following gender based health issues:
-The tobacco industry dupes many women into believing that smoking is a sign of liberation, and many women wrongly view smoking as a good way of keeping slim.
-Women who smoke are more likely than those who do not to experience infertility and delays in conceiving.
-Maternal smoking during pregnancy increases the risks of premature delivery, stillbirth and newborn death and may cause a reduction in breast milk.
-Smoking increases women’s risk for cancer of the cervix.
-There is a possible link between active smoking and pre-menopausal breast cancer.
-Many tobacco control strategies ignore women who chew tobacco.
The WHO is doing what it can by controlling tobacco advertising , banning certain tobacco promotion and placing explicit health warning labels on packages.
Women can do their part by avoiding tobacco use, quitting if they smoke.
Women who smoke and are planning to start a family must take control and responsibility by quitting, by including smoking cessation in their plans.
This consumer health education program is about eliminating smoking and other health risk factors.