Smoking also can cause dangerous blood clots in women who use birth control pills, menstrual irregularities, earlier menopause, infertility, bone-thinning osteoporosis and cervical cancer, according to Surgeon General David Satcher. Smoking is also known to cause ectopic pregnancy, which is a condition that the fetus rarely survives and is potentially fatal for the mother. Women smokers have a higher risk of getting heart disease than men. Each year, more thanwomen die of tobacco-related diseases. In Rolling Meadows an anti-tobacco group unsuccessfully urged a high school in Arlington Heights to consider providing nicotine patches to students. That's five more than she wants to smoke, but Jones, a sophomore at Lincoln Park High School, says she is unlikely to stop.
Last year, a government survey found that 30 percent of female high school seniors said they had smoked in the previous month, an increase from the early s.
From social taboo to target market: How tobacco use became a women’s issue
Smoking and exposure to secondhand smoke among pregnant women are a major cause of complications like spontaneous abortions, stillbirths and sudden infant death syndrome after birth. During that same time period, the smoking rate for women decreased from 34 to 30 percent. The grim statistics argue otherwise. Smoking has killed nearly 3 million women since the last surgeon general report inand lung cancer has been the most deadly female cancer sinceclaiming 27, more lives than breast cancer. For more on how tobacco disproportionately affects certain populations—including people in low-income communities, racial and ethnic minorities, LGBT individuals and those with mental illness—read our collection of stories about how tobacco is a social justice issue.