May is a month to celebrate mothers all over the world and to advocate for women’s health. Unfortunately, tobacco use among women remains a serious problem: In Indiana, the smoking rate for women is 21.5 percent, which is higher than the national average of 17.2 percent.
Now more than ever, focus should be placed on helping women quit smoking. Smoking harms and kills both men and women, but women face unique and even greater health risks from smoking than men. The U.S. Surgeon General reported in 2014 that women who smoke are now as likely as men to die from many smoking-caused diseases.