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Encouraging Young Women to Be Smoke-Free

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The Vermont Department of Health hopes to raise awareness of the negative impacts of smoking on young women by sharing inspirational success stories from Vermont women who have quit the habit and improved their health.

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More than one in five (21.5 percent) of Vermont women ages 18 to 29 smoke cigarettes. According to the surgeon general, lung cancer is now the leading cause of cancer death among U.S. women. About 90 percent of all lung cancer deaths among women who smoke are attributable to tobacco use. Women who smoke also develop more wrinkles, and they develop them at a much younger age. And, they often have a harder time staying in shape because of breathing problems.

Some of the benefits of quitting smoking mentioned by Vermont women include:

  • Being able to hike without getting winded.
  • Staying healthy and reducing the risk of severe asthma, chronic bronchitis and cancer.
  • Keeping kids healthy and being healthy for them.

"Studies show that smoking can reduce women's life expectancy by an average of 14 years. The earlier women quit smoking, the greater the benefits, but smoking cessation is beneficial at all ages," said Health Commissioner Sharon Moffatt, RN, MSN. "We strongly encourage women, and all Vermonters, to take advantage of the free resources available in our state. Especially because 'quit coaching' through the Vermont Quit Line or the hospital-based Ready, Set