Female smoking death risk ‘has soared’
Women smoking nowadays are rather more more likely to die thanks to their habit than they were within the 1960s, in line with a brand new study.
Changing habits reminiscent of starting earlier and smoking more cigarettes had been blamed on dramatically increased risks of lung cancer.
The trends, reported within the New England Journal of medication, show death rates in women have caught up with men.
The study checked out data from greater than two million women inside the US.
The first generation of ladies smokers started in the course of the 1950s and 60s. In those early years, women who smoked were nearly thrice likely to die from lung cancer as individuals who had never smoked.
Looking at medical records from women between 2000-2010 showed they were 25 times likely to die from lung cancer than their non-smoking friends.
It follows an identical pattern in men, who reached an analogous level inside the 1980s.
Lead researcher Dr Michael Thun said: “The steep increase in risk among female smokers has continued for many years after the intense health risks from smoking were well established, and nevertheless women predominantly smoked cigarette brands marketed as lower in ‘tar’ and nicotine.
“So not just did using cigarette brands marketed as ‘Light’ and ‘Mild’ fail to stop a giant increase in risk in women, it also can have exacerbated the rise in deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease in male smokers, because the diluted smoke from these cigarettes is inhaled more deeply into the lungs of smokers to preserve the accustomed absorption of nicotine.”
Research published last year suggested that lifelong female smokers died a decade sooner than folks that never started.
However, people who gave up by the age of 30 almost completely avoided the dangers of dying early from tobacco-related diseases with those stopping by 40 died a year younger.
Speaking after that study, Prof Sir Richard Peto, at Oxford University, said “If women smoke like men, they die like men.”