During World War II, while men were at war, some womenworked in factorieswhere poor ventilation left them constantlybreathing in harmful chemicals.2
When the men returned, tobacco use skyrocketed—leaving womensusceptible to second-hand smoke.3
Numeroustobacco ads were developed to specifically target womenwith slogans that emphasized glamour and thinness.1
Tobacco ads were incredibly successful and by 1973 therate of 12-year-old girls who had started smoking increased by 110%.1
Although the majority of women began smoking later than men, thegap between men and women who die from COPD has rapidly closed.1
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