• Despite the number of female smokers growing at a faster rate than male smokers in the last two decades, awareness campaigns show men smoking. It isn’t a wasted effort: the prevalence of cigarette smoking among men in India has fallen to 23% in this decade from 33.8% in the 1980s. Smoking among women doubled during the corresponding period.
  • Smoking causes women to develop a male pattern of fat distribution (more belly fat instead of buttock fat). This is associated with high blood sugar and low HDL cholesterol.