Women more likely to have greater health risks with smoking


[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16×9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1366670236&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4027659&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1366670236 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 44 million Americas are smokers.

While men make up the majority, 22 percent, research shows that women are more likely to have greater health risks associated with smoking.

The reason? The smoke from cigarettes have been found to be more toxic to women.

Researchers with the American Lung Association say smoking can increase the risk of blood clots for women who take birth control. Smoking can even impact fertility.

“Cigarette smoke may be somewhat more toxic for women,” said Dr. Norman H. Edelman of the American Lung Association. “For a given amount of cigarette smoke, they may be a little more likely to get lung cancer. They may be a little more likely to get chronic bronchitis and emphysema.”

Many of the health risks increase for women who receive secondhand smoke as well.

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