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HEALTH MINUTE WOMEN & SMOKING-PKG

--REPORTER PKG-AS FOLLOWS--

WE ALL KNOW MEN AND WOMEN ARE DIFFERENT...

AND EXPERTS SAY THOSE DIFFERENCES MAY EXTEND TO RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SMOKING.

There's some evidence that cigarette smoke may be somewhat more toxic for women. that is for a given amount of cigarette smoke they may be a little more likely to get lung cancer-- they may be a little more likely to get chronic bronchitis and emphysema.

SOME STUDIES SHOW WOMEN ARE ALSO AT HIGHER RISK FOR LUNG CANCER FROM SECONDHAND SMOKE.

RESEARCHERS ARE STILL TRYING TO EXPLAIN THIS.

WHAT *IS* CLEAR IS THAT WOMEN WHO TAKE BIRTH CONTROL PILLS ARE AT INCREASED RISK OF DEVELOPING BLOOD CLOTS....SMOKING RAISES THIS RISK SUBSTANTIALLY.

You can get a blood clot in your leg, it may break off and go into your lung, it may make you very sick, it may even kill you.

SMOKING ALSO IMPACTS FERTILITY, AND MAY MAKE IT HARDER FOR WOMEN TO CONCEIVE, EXPERTS SAY.

GOOD REASONS FOR WOMEN TO KICK THE HABIT OR AVOID SMOKING ALTOGETHER-- BUT EXPERTS POINT OUT THERE ARE PLENTY OF GOOD REASONS FOR MEN TO QUIT TOO.

Smoking is for the most part an equal opportunity killer.

FOR TODAY'S HEALTH MINUTE, I'M SUSAN HENDRICKS.

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