Smoking women are more open to lung damage

May 18, 2009 7:13:19 PM PDT
New research indicates women may be more susceptible to lung damage from smoking cigarettes than men.

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Doctors in Norway studied 1,000 smokers with lung disease. The study found women tended to develop lung damage at a younger age than men.

The women also smoked less, suggesting it takes fewer packs of cigarettes to trigger lung disease in women.

Researchers think smaller airways in women and genetic and hormonal differences may play a role in the findings.

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