Research: The Smoking Woman

Throughout the 15-year wrangle over the effects of smoking on health, women smokers have offered a medical conundrum. Although they puff at cigarettes with the same freedom as men, they do not suffer as much lung cancer. Why?

The answer, Statistician E. Cuyler Ham mond of the American Cancer Society reported last week, is devastatingly sim ple: for all their freedom, modern wom en do not smoke as much as men. On the average, they do not start smoking as young, do not inhale as deeply, and have not smoked for as many years. Hammond's statistics also show, however, that...

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