Image of woman smoking.Women who smoke are more likely to have certain health issues and develop serious diseases. Some of these effects are immediate and others develop over time.

Smoking Causes Reproductive Problems for Women

Women who smoke are more likely to have irregular or painful periods and low estrogen levels, causing mood swings, fatigue, and vaginal dryness. Women who smoke may have a harder time getting pregnant and go through menopause at a younger age with worse symptoms.

Respiratory Issues for Women Who Smoke

Smokers are more likely than nonsmokers to get chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) that makes it hard to breathe. COPD gets worse over time and there’s no cure for it. Women are more likely than men to develop severe COPD at younger ages and more women than men die from COPD.

Cardiovascular Problems for Women Smokers

Heart disease is the number-one killer in the USA and women smokers over the age of 35 have a greater risk of dying from heart disease compared to men. Smokers who use oral contraceptives greatly increase their risk of heart disease and women who smoke are more likely to die from an abdominal aortic aneurysm.

Higher Cancer Risks for Women Who Smoke

Women who smoke have an increased risk of lung, pancreatic, kidney, liver, throat, bladder, colorectal and cervical cancer. Smoking causes most lung cancer deaths and more women die from lung cancer than any other, including breast cancer.

The Dangers of Smoking During Pregnancy

Women smokers have a higher risk of delivering a baby prematurely with a lower birthweight. Babies whose mothers smoke during pregnancy have a higher risk of serious birth defects. They are more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and less likely to have normal brain development before birth and through early childhood.

Stop Smoking for You and Your Baby

Women who quit smoking are making a healthy choice for themselves and their baby during pregnancy and birth. When you kick the habit, you can improve your long-term health and have more energy now to raise your child and do the things you love. Whether you’re pregnant or just planning for children someday, it’s never too late to benefit from quitting smoking.

Northline Women's Health Center Locations:

15675 Northline Road

Southgate, MI 48195

(734) 282-3600
(734) 282-3603 - Fax

23050 West Road, Suite 210

Brownstown Twp., MI 48183

(734) 362-7000
(734) 362-7077 - Fax