International Women’s day seeks to raise awareness for women’s equality, and to celebrate the achievements of inspirational women everywhere, with thousands of events taking place across the globe. 

Protecting and ensuring the health of women should be on everyone’s mind as we seek to help women all over the world to fulfil their potential in life.

As today, March 8th, we are celebrating International Women’s Day, the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic thought we would have a look at female smokers and the particular risks and issues that cigarettes pose to women’s health and well-being. By raising awareness of the specific dangers cigarettes cause to women we hope it will help you in your journey to becoming a healthy non-smoker.

According to the latest statistics 17% of women in the UK are smokers. Throughout the history of cigarette branding and marketing companies have targeted women with the promise or implication that smoking will make them slim, glamorous, and sexy. Of course, we are more aware than ever of the harmful effects of smoking, but are there any particular risks for women who smoke?

  1. Smoking Doesn’t Just Cause Lung Cancer

Tobacco use is linked to 1 in 3 cancer deaths each year, primarily lung cancer, but it is a less known risk that smoking can contribute to a variety of other cancers. Cigarettes can heighten your risk of developing cervical cancer and ovarian cancers, both of which can severely damage or even destroy fertility. If you are worried about developing such cancers then quitting smoking is imperative, but you may also want to consider regular screening if these cancers run in your family to ensure they are caught and treated as early as possible.

  • Smoking And Birth Control Can Heighten Your Risk Of Heart Disease

Women who smoke are at a much higher risk of developing heart disease and suffering from a stroke. This risk increases significantly when a woman smokes alongside taking the birth control pill, especially after her 35th birthday and as she approaches the age of menopause. The best way to minimise your risks of stroke is to quit smoking, but if you do not yet feel ready to stop smoking consult your GP to see if an alternative method of contraception could work for you to lessen your risks.

  • Smoking Can Contribute To The Ill Effects Of Menopause On Bone Health

The International Osteoporosis Foundation states that about 200 million women worldwide suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that affects bone density. Women begin life with a lower bone density than men, but as they go through menopause their bone density decreases even further, leading to broken bones and fractured hips. What many women may not realise is that the changes to bone density can be made worse by continuing to smoke cigarettes. To minimise the damaging effects of osteoporosis a woman must ensure she protects her bone density with a healthy diet full of calcium and Vitamin D, plenty of weight bearing exercise to strengthen the bones, and quitting smoking sooner rather than later.

 Ready To Stop Smoking?

Maybe you have tried everything to stop smoking, and knowing the specific risks that smoking poses to women has just strengthened your desire to quit, but have struggled to stop smoking on your own. Stop Smoking Hypnosis at the Harley Street Stop Smoking Clinic makes quitting smoking more comfortable and effective.