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Latinas have lower smoking rates than most other groups of women. In fact, as a group, Latinas have exceeded the Healthy People 2010 goal to lower the number of smokers. That's great! Still, some Latinas smoke, which is the biggest risk factor for lung cancer. Lung cancer is the number two cause of cancer deaths among Latinas.
There is never a good reason to smoke. Smoking causes serious health problems, including:
Women who smoke have a higher risk of cervical cancer. Women who take birth control pills and also smoke have a higher risk of stroke.
Smoking can make illnesses last longer and make it harder to get pregnant.
Smoking during pregnancy can cause the baby to be born too early and other problems. Smoking is also a risk factor for sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
On top of all the health problems caused by smoking, it also stains your teeth, fingers, and fingernails, gives you bad breath, and causes wrinkles.
Content last updated: May 18, 2010.