Smoking Risks Greater for Women

Women may be more vulnerable to the cancer-causing effects of smoking than men, research suggests. Scientists who studied 683 lung cancer patients found that women tended to be younger than men when they developed the disease. This was despite the fact that on average they smoked significantly less than men.

Dr Martin Frueh, from St Gallen Canton Hospital in Switzerland, said: "Our findings suggest that women may have an increased susceptibility to tobacco carcinogens." The US Surgeon General has said, "Smoking cessation [stopping smoking] represents the single most important step that smokers can take to enhance the length and quality of their lives."

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