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Study Shows Women Unaware of Smoking Related Health Problems

A study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology shows that in general, women do not have a good understanding of the gender specific health risks associated with smoking. Researchers surveyed women in healthcare fields and found that almost 100 percent were aware that smoking causes respiratory disease, lung cancer and heart disease, but the numbers fell when asked about the diseases or health problems smoking causes for women specifically. These women in healthcare were less aware that smoking can cause infertility, osteoporosis, early menopause, spontaneous abortion, ectopic pregnancy, or cervical cancer. Public education is needed to increase women’s awareness of smoking related health problems.

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American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology Ð April 2000 Vol. 184 No. 5

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