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Research smokes out Italy’s smoking habits

by FFE EU News staff

According to a study commissioned by the Italian chapter of the Women Against Lung Cancer, Italian women find it more difficult to quit smoking than men.

Of the men and women the researchers talked to, 6% of female respondents while 13% of male respondents said they quit in 2013. In general, Italian smokers also light up an average of 14 times a day.

The data showed that 4.5 million of the total 10 million smokers are women belonging to ages 25-54. One in four of these women are also found to have underage children.

Women who also said they stopped smoking during pregnancy tended to pick up the habit within eight months after giving birth. Half of these revealed they started again within two months after giving birth.

However, the study also showed that the number of Italian smokers went down over the years — from 31% of the total population in 1997 to 21% in 2013.

Women Against Lung Cancer commissioned the study as part of their November Stop Smoking campaign and as a way to raise awareness for lung cancer.

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