Listen up, ladies! You already know smoking is bad for your health, but did you know that tobacco can affect women in particularly bad ways? Here are just a few:
- Your bones: If you’ve gone through menopause and still smoke, then you’re more likely to break a hip than a woman who doesn’t smoke. That’s because smoking decreases bone density.
- Your menstrual cycle: Women who smoke tend to have more irregular or painful periods.
- Your joints: Smoking increases your risk for developing rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic disease that causes severe pain and swelling in your joints.
- Your lungs: Research shows that the lungs of teen girls who smoke don’t grow as much as those of nonsmokers. And if you smoke as an adult, your lungs won’t function as well as nonsmokers’ lungs.
- Your vision: You’re more likely to get cataracts as a female smoker.
- Your smile. Smoking raises your risk of gum disease, and it could lead to tooth loss.
- Your fertility: Besides making it harder to get pregnant, women who smoke also have a higher risk of miscarriage. And babies of moms who smoke are at a greater risk for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
- Your mental health: Depression is common among smokers, and women are more likely to experience depression than men.
- Your skin: Smoking ages your skin by restricting blood flow, which means that your skin doesn’t get as much oxygen and nutrients. Over time, your skin can become dry and more wrinkled than if you didn’t smoke. And because the toxins in cigarette smoke wear down skin’s elasticity, you’ll also likely experience more sagging skin.
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