Smoking is harmful to your health, no matter who you are. But for women, the history of smoking — and how it affects women’s health today — is a worrisome trend.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), smoking rates — and smoking-related deaths — among women have continued to rise over the last 50 years. In the 1960s, smoking among men decreased when some of the health dangers of smoking became well-known. But shortly after that happened, cigarettes became heavily marketed to women, with slimmer designs and feminine packaging. Many women were led to believe that smoking would help them lose weight. In the years that followed, the number of women who smoked began to rise dramatically, and the numbers never came back down.