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Women face more medical problems after smoking than men

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The American Lung Association says women who smoke cigarettes are more likely to get lung cancer, and could be more likely to get chronic bronchitis and emphysema, than men who smoke cigarettes.

Some studies show women are also at higher risk for lung cancer from secondhand smoke. Researchers are still trying to explain why this is. What is clear, is that women who take birth control pills are at increased risk of developing blood clots. Smoking also impacts fertility, and may makes it harder for women to conceive, experts say.

These are all good reasons for women to kick the habit or avoid smoking altogether-- but experts point out there are plenty of good reasons for men to quit too.

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