World health organization

10 facts on gender and tobacco

A pregnant woman smoking with a young child
Deutsches Krebsforschungszentrum, Heidelberg

Tobacco use harms women differently from men

Women who smoke are more likely than those who do not to experience infertility and delays in conceiving. Smoking during pregnancy increases risks of premature delivery, stillbirth and newborn death, and may cause a reduction in breast milk. Smoking increases women's risk for cancer of the cervix.

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