08 | 19 | 2011


Sunday, August 14, 2011

Bad news for female smokers. The world’s leading general medical journal, The Lancet, revealed that female smokers have a higher risk of getting heart disease than male smokers. An analysis of 86 studies from around the world, involving more than two million people, shows the risk is 25 percent higher for females. What’s troubling to many researchers is that women less than men, raising the question, “why are they at such a greater risk for heart disease?”

Dr. Rachel Huxley wrote, “Thus, after allowing for classic cardiovascular risk factors, women had a significant 25% increased risk for coronary heart disease conferred by cigarette smoking compared with men. However, the precise mechanism for this difference is unclear. Clinically, physicians and health professionals should be encouraged to increase their efforts at promotion of smoking cessation in all individuals. Present trends in female smoking, and this report, suggest that inclusion of a female perspective in tobacco-control policies is crucial”

Speculations include the theory that women are simply more vulnerable to coronary heart disease than men or that women’s smoking habits are different than men – deeper inhalation increases exposure to cigarette toxins.


According to the National Institute of Health, coronary heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S. for both men and women. Smoking, in addition to diabetes, obesity and high blood pressure increase the risk of coronary heart disease.


To read more about The Lance Study, click here.