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Unique Dangers of Smoking for Women

Tobacco use has risks regardless of gender, these risks include certain cancers, lung disease and heart disease. It’s important to note that women face unique challenges when it comes to tobacco use. Women who smoke are at greater risk of developing reproductive and maternal complications, reduced fertility and ectopic pregnancies. There is also a higher chance of premature births and placental abnormalities in expectant mothers who smoke tobacco. Studies have shown that women are also at a higher risky of having a mental health condition such as anxiety, depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), suicidality, and substance use. A comprehensive cessation support system tailored to address the intricate relationship between women’s health and tobacco is an important necessity.


  • Women who smoke are more likely to have experienced intimate partner violence and childhood abuse.
  • Smoking can have an impact on women’s reproductive health.
  • Toxic chemicals in cigarettes can easily be passed to a fetus through the smokers bloodstream.
  • Studies have shown that smoking can also lead to infertility.
  • Cardiovascular issues are higher in women who smoke.


Smoking tobacco is not healthy for anyone, and more education, cessation campaigns and quit programs should be designed to help those who are considering quitting tobacco. Because of the unique relationship of tobacco and women’s health it is important to raise more awareness about the serious risks involved with smoking.



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