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Smoking is responsible for the premature deaths of approximately 3 million women since 1980.
Source: "Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. 30 Aug. 2002. 51: 1-30. Web.
It is estimated that as many of 7.2% of women who gave birth, smoked during pregnancy.
Source: "Drake P, Driscoll AK, Mathews TJ. Cigarette smoking during pregnancy: United States, 2016. NCHS Data Brief, no 305. Hyattsville, MD: National Center for Health Statistics. 2018."
In 1971, when one tobacco executive was reminded that smoking can lead to underweight babies, he said, "Some women would prefer smaller babies."
Source: Centers for Disease Control, Surgeon General. "Women and Smoking: A Report of the Surgeon General- 2001." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents, 2001.
In actual documents from 1991, Big Tobacco profiled various female mindsets. They described one type of woman by saying she "lacks control over her life," "feels vulnerable," and is "mainly negative about the future."
Source: "Mindset Segments." Truth Tobacco Industry Documents. 03 Jan. 1991. Report.
Tobacco companies have been targeting women with their advertising for the last 80 years.
Source: "Women and Smoking: Report of the Surgeon General." CDC. Factors Influencing Tobacco Use Among Women, 2001. 44, 96. Report.
Pregnant women who smoke increase their risk of preterm delivery, low birth weight, and SIDS.
Source: "The Health Consequences of Smoking." CDC. Reproductive Effects. 3-86. Report.