Women smokers are at a greater risk of developing heart diseases compared to male smokers if they continue to smoke regularly, a new report published in the journal The Lancet said.
The study was conducted by two American public health experts who analyzed previous studies which involved more than 2.4 million people and found that women smokers had a 25 percent greater risk of developing heart disease due to regular smoking compared to their male counterparts.
This is not the first time that research has shown the disparity in risk involved in smoking among men and women with one of the earliest studies identifying the difference coming back in 1998.
"It has been largely assumed that smoking confers the same coronary risk in women as it does in men. This paper definitively shows that women who smoke have a much higher risk of having a heart attack compared with male smokers", said Rachel Huxley who worked on the report along with Mark Woodward.