Women kick the habit just as well as men


Who says women can’t quit smoking? For whatever reason, it has long been an assumption that women had a tougher time kicking the habit than men. In a new study, researchers found convincing proof that men have the same difficulties quitting as women.

Easier for younger women, older men

“Below age 50, women were more likely to have given up smoking completely compared to men, while among older age groups, men were more likely to have quit than women,” according to the study published in Tobacco Control. Researchers couldn’t explain the flip in gender stats based on age.

Don’t discourage women before they even try

“The myth of female disadvantage at quitting smoking is bad, first and foremost, for women,” because it discourages the attempt to quit before women even give it a try. This was the largest study examining data from national surveys in Canada, the United States and England. Each country had consistent finding on the gender differences.

Women do have difficulty in the process, relapse

Some studies have shown that the process of putting the cigarette down is more difficult for women as they may have more severe withdrawal symptoms. Women also do not respond as well to nicotine replacement options. Additionally, women relapse for very different reasons than men: weight gain, stress and negative emotions as leading causes for re-lighting up.

New concern for men

Of course now there is concern that men will be discouraged since it appears the data shows they may have a more difficult time when they are younger. Considering the health benefits of cessation, trying is worth the effort, no matter your age or gender.

Source: MedicalNewsToday, Tobacco Control


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