Women smoke better than men

The women inhalate less and fewer than men, and that’s a difference that transcends the forms and makes them have lower levels of carbon monoxyde (CO) than men.

This is the conclusion of the UE Help Comets, which reflects that European female smokers have an average of 15 particles of CO per million, while the male smokers have that number up to 17,8 ppm.This is the most important study realized in Europe up to this date, and is based on a sample of 221,655 measurements of air expired (90,979 of 130,776 non-smokers and smokers) in the 27 EU countries.

The measurements, realized through a test similar to a breathalyser test, gave an European average of 3,4 CO particles per million in the non-smokers and 16,4 in smokers.

Additionally the report noted a slow and gradual reduction of levels of CO from 2006 to 2008 in smokers and nonsmokers (3.6 to 2.6).

This reduction can’t be attributed entirely to the implementation of restrictive measures against the tobacco, having in mind that it has happened in all EU countries, and not just in those who implemented this type of legislation.

The countries with the highest levels of CO particles are Greece, Hungary and Poland, as the study authors say. They emphasize that this gas is just one of the 3,500 harmful substances in the smoke of snuff.

The smoking difference between men and women could have implications for treatments. According to some experts, women smoke to enjoy the cigarette, while men do it to lessen the abstinence symptoms caused by the nicotine.