In 2001, 24.5 percent of women in Missouri smoked
Women who smoke have a 50 percent higher risk of
having a heart attack than male smokers.
In 1986, lung cancer surpassed breast cancer to
become the leading cause of cancer death in women in the United States.
The lung cancer epidemic is primarily attributable to cigarette smoking,
which is responsible for at least 80 percent of the disease in women.
In 1999, 30.1 percent of Missouri's female high
school students reported they were current smokers.
A study with women indicates that smoking
cigarettes at any time in their life was associated with a five-fold
increase in lung cancer risk, and with an almost nine-fold increase in
lung cancer risk for current smokers.