11 Harmful Effects of Smoking on Women’s Health

Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Maybe you’ve heard that smoking causes cancer, lung and heart disease, and stroke. But, did you know that smoking causes other problems for women’s health?

Smoking also causes the following health problems for women who smoke:

  1. Decreased bone density

    Women who have gone through menopause and who smoke have lower bone density. This means they have a higher chance of breaking a hip than women who do not smoke.

  2. Rheumatoid arthritis

    Women who smoke are more likely to get rheumatoid arthritis (RA). RA is an inflammatory, chronic disease. People with RA have swelling and pain in their joints. 

  3. Cataracts

    Women who smoke are more likely to get cataracts that affect their vision. Cataracts are an eye disease where the lens of the eye is cloudy or foggy.

  4. Gum disease

    Smoking is linked to gum disease, which may lead to bone and tooth loss.

  5. Ulcers

    Smokers with gum disease are also more likely to get ulcers in the stomach, which can lead to death.

  6. Surgery

    Smokers have worse survival rates after surgery. They’re also more likely to have complications and poorer wound healing than non-smokers.

  7. Depression

    It is important for women to know about the link between smoking and depression because women are more likely than men to be diagnosed with depression.

  8. Menstrual problems

    Some studies show that women who smoke have more irregular or painful periods.

  9. Menopause

    Smokers are more likely than non-smokers to go through menopause at a younger age, and they may have worse symptoms of menopause.

  10. Pregnancy

    Women who smoke may also have a harder time getting pregnant. They also have a higher chance of losing their baby before it is born. Studies show there is an increased risk of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome, also called "crib death") in babies born to women smokers.

  11. Breathing
    Teen girls who smoke have lungs that don’t grow as much as non-smokers’ lungs, and adult women who smoke have lungs that don’t work as well as non-smokers’ lungs.

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