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Tobacco smoking is an unhealthy practice widely accepted for pleasure or as a social too. Tobacco was first introduced to Eurasia in the late 16th century, and it became increasingly popular during the following centuries. The link between the lung cancer and smoking was discovered in the 1920’s, when the first anti-smoking campaigns begun. However, the rates of consumption of tobacco have gradually increased all over the world, and they are continuing to climb, especially in the developing world. As of 2000, about 1.22 billion people are smoking tobacco. Men are more likely to smoke, but according to the official statistics, the difference is not very significant. In the United States, about 24.8 million men, which is 23.1 percent, are smokers. Among the Americans, 21.1 million of women, or 18.3 percent, consume tobacco. These people are at the highest risk of heart disease and stroke.
Smoking fetishism in women
For some women, smoking is a sexual fetish based on the image of a person smoking. Like any other fetish, this is a conditioned behavior firmly rooted in the early childhood. This behavior is shaped by many different factors, typically involving different stereotypes such as seeing the smoker as sweet, innocent, strong or self-confident. The exact reason for women smoking fetishism may vary from person to person. In women, the taste and smell of cigarettes may have a greater role in development of smoking behavior. In men, this fetish is commonly associated with oral fixations and fellatio. Men are more likely to develop this behavior caused by the image of woman smoking, then by the smell or taste of the cigarette.
Many women develop this bad habit being strongly attracted to the glamorous image of women smoking. Historically, smoking has been a masculine habit that was gradually feminized by the fashion brands as a way to enhance women sexual appeal. The slim and elegant packaging, designed especially for women, is adding to the glamorous and erotic depictions of women who smoke.
General health effects
For women, as well as for men, cigarette smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in the United States. According to the studies, between 1995 and 1999, smoking caused approximately 440,000 premature deaths per year. Smoking accounts for about 30% of all cancers, and 90% of lung cancers. It is also associated with diseases such as chronic bronchitis and emphysema, stroke, heart attack, vascular disease and aneurysm. A decrease in lifetime expectancy is greater for female smokers when compared to male smokers. On average, an adult female smoker loses 14.5 years of life.

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