Date
25 September 2017
Curiosity and peer pressure are some of the main factors that push women to smoke. Photo: Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health
Curiosity and peer pressure are some of the main factors that push women to smoke. Photo: Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health

Health experts worried as number of female smokers surges

A surge in the number of female smokers in Hong Kong has prompted warnings on the health risks they face, including premature birth and ectopic pregnancy, Sky Post reported on Friday.

Lisa Lau, chairperson of the Hong Kong Council on Smoking and Health, said smoking among men has been on a downward trend since 1990, but the number of female smokers has increased by 70 percent during the period.

In a survey commissioned by the council and conducted by the University of Hong Kong’s School of Nursing and School of Public Health in 2010, emotional disturbance and peer pressure were the main factors cited by the respondents for taking up smoking.

Another survey conducted by the same teams between 2011 and 2012 showed that 44.8 percent of the 3,306 female respondents cited curiosity as the prime factor that pushed them to start smoking. Half of the respondents said they were not heavy smokers, the report said.

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