Study reveals that Female smokers have higher risk of heart disease

August 15th, 2011 - 7:13 pm ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

Geneva, 15 Aug (THAINDIAN NEWS) A new study has concluded that female smokers have higher risk of heart disease compared to men. The study has generated another debate regarding how tobacco companies should label their packs. Some health advocates are calling for new reforms that will make it compulsory for tobacco companies to state the increased risk to women on the label.

The study was carried out by researchers from the University of Minnesota. The researchers studied data collected between 1966 and 2006 which involved 2.4 million people. From the available data, the researchers concluded that female smokers have 25 percent more risk of developing heart disease when they were compared with male smokers.

The researchers have published the study and the findings in the journal The Lancet.

The cause of the increased risk was not evident in the study and as a result new studies involving data on 4 million people have been started to determine the reason.

An estimated 1.1 billion throughout the world are considered smokers. Health officials estimate that smoking accounts for the death of about 5 million people throughout the world. If the current trend continues, scientists say 8 million people will die from tobacco use each year 2.5 million of whom will be female.

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