Why women should not smoke
Facts related to women, smoking and heart disease:
- Women who smoke are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer an MI (heart
- The risk for CHD is highest in women who started smoking before the age
- CHD risk increases with the number of cigarettes smoked, and years
- Smoking low tar or low nicotine cigarettes has little effect on reducing
the risk for CHD.
- On average, women smokers die 14.5 years earlier than non-smokers.
- Quitting smoking eliminates 1/3 of the excess risk within 2 years of
- 10-14 years after quitting, former smokers have the same risk of CAD as
women who never smoked.
- Cigarette smoking is the single most important, controllable risk factor
for CHD in women who are less than 50 years old.
- Smoking reduces HDL (good) cholesterol and natural estrogen levels, both
of which are considered cardio-protective.
- An estimated 1 in 5 women are current smokers.
- The fastest growing group of smokers in the U.S. is 12-18 year old
- At $4.10/pack, one pack per day smokers would save $1,500/year if they
quit. 2 packs per day smokers would save $3,000/year if they quit.