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Female empowerment raises their smoking rate

Women in developing countries are smoking more, researchers say


 

An analysis of 74 countries has found that men are more likely to smoke than women in countries that have lower rates of female empowerment, like China, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Uganda. In countries with high female empowerment, like Canada, Norway, Australia and the U.S., the gap is smaller and women smoke almost as much as men. The tobacco epidemic is expected to worsen in developing countries as women’s rising economic and political status leads them to smoke more. Tobacco kills up to half of those who use it, and the World Health Organization has called it “one of the biggest public health threats the world has ever faced.” In China, 61 per cent of men are current smokers, compared to 4.2 per cent of women, but that is expected to change.

Reuters


 
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Female empowerment raises their smoking rate

  1. The PC crowd absolutely refuses to admit we are all gonna die. Just another example of female 'emancipation'.

  2. The PC crowd absolutely refuses to admit we are all gonna die. Just another example of female 'emancipation'.

  3. two types of female equality…gender and sex…. and its about time! hooray for female rights!…oppression should be a bygone issue in this 21st century however it seems the population have to warm up to it..so it may take some time

  4. two types of female equality…gender and sex…. and its about time! hooray for female rights!…oppression should be a bygone issue in this 21st century however it seems the population have to warm up to it..so it may take some time

  5. Feminists smoke. It's a scientific fact.

    I think if women want to get lung and throat cancer and smell bad to show they are empowered they should go right ahead. In about ten to twenty years people will take about the incidence of lung cancer among when as if men did it to them.

  6. Feminists smoke. It's a scientific fact.

    I think if women want to get lung and throat cancer and smell bad to show they are empowered they should go right ahead. In about ten to twenty years people will take about the incidence of lung cancer among when as if men did it to them.

  7. Maybe we're supposed to return to the idea that women should be barefoot and pregnant, and jailed for smoking.

  8. Maybe we're supposed to return to the idea that women should be barefoot and pregnant, and jailed for smoking.

  9. You would kinda figure that if women were '' that'' empowered they would have the smarts ''not'' to smoke….I come from an era when smoking was made to look glamorous…Not anymore…'' We 've come a long way baby ! ''

  10. You would kinda figure that if women were '' that'' empowered they would have the smarts ''not'' to smoke….I come from an era when smoking was made to look glamorous…Not anymore…'' We 've come a long way baby ! ''

  11. I dont believe the data represents the actual number of women who smoke, I believe it only represents the amount of women who smoke in public. there is a distinction. In countries where women have not been emancipated, they face greater scrutiny for 'acting out' of their gender role under the public eye, and face greater societal pressures since gender roles are more definite.

  12. I dont believe the data represents the actual number of women who smoke, I believe it only represents the amount of women who smoke in public. there is a distinction. In countries where women have not been emancipated, they face greater scrutiny for 'acting out' of their gender role under the public eye, and face greater societal pressures since gender roles are more definite.

  13. If this is what female empowerment is all about, then we are really screwed.

  14. If this is what female empowerment is all about, then we are really screwed.

  15. There is a logical leap being made here is profoundly misleading. Yes, countries with female empowerment have a smaller gap between male-female smoking. That doesn't necessarily mean that female empowerment will increase the rate of smoking. Indeed, if you look at the absolute % of female smokers in western countries, the numbers have dropped dramatically as female empowerment has increased.

    In 1965, 33.7% of women in the US smoked (and 51.9% of men).
    In 2009, 17.5% of women smoked as did 23.5% of men

    So in fact, the rate of female smoking decreased fairly impressively alongside womens liberation (the rate of smoking among men dropped faster, but it had further to go). And there are plenty of reasons to expect that to occur – most workplaces ban or restrict smoking, education is inversely correlated with smoking, and so is income. Moreover, even if more people do smoke, a country that effectively employs the female 51% of the population will have far more resources with which to help those who get sick.

  16. There is a logical leap being made here is profoundly misleading. Yes, countries with female empowerment have a smaller gap between male-female smoking. That doesn't necessarily mean that female empowerment will increase the rate of smoking. Indeed, if you look at the absolute % of female smokers in western countries, the numbers have dropped dramatically as female empowerment has increased.

    In 1965, 33.7% of women in the US smoked (and 51.9% of men).
    In 2009, 17.5% of women smoked as did 23.5% of men

    So in fact, the rate of female smoking decreased fairly impressively alongside womens liberation (the rate of smoking among men dropped faster, but it had further to go). And there are plenty of reasons to expect that to occur – most workplaces ban or restrict smoking, education is inversely correlated with smoking, and so is income. Moreover, even if more people do smoke, a country that effectively employs the female 51% of the population will have far more resources with which to help those who get sick.

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