n Obstetrics and Gynaecology Forum - Health consequences of smoking among women : gynaecological aspects : review article




Extracted from text ... REVIEW ARTICLE 14 INTRODUCTION According to the World Health Organization (WHO) only two major global health related causes of death are increasing rapidly - deaths from AIDS and from tobacco. At present, the WHO attributes about 4 million deaths a year to tobacco, and this is expected to rise to 8.4 million deaths annually by 2020.1, 2 Studies have shown that a woman's annual risk for death more than doubles among continuing smokers compared with persons who have never smoked in every age group from 45 to 74 years.3-5 The prevalence patterns of smoking in America over the previous ..


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