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Women or men, who has a harder time quitting?

Women or men, who has a harder time quitting?

Women have it harder than men, despite smoking fewer cigarettes, a new study reveals.

Researchers in France studied more than 35,000 smokers, men and women, who used smoking cessation services, such as nicotine replacement products, vaping, and one-to-one therapy sessions.

The average number of cigarettes smoked each day was 23 for women and 27 for men - but 55% of men abstained from smoking compared to 52% of women.

Interestingly, about 56% of women had a severe nicotine addiction, compared to 60% of men.

The women who participated in these studies had higher rates of obesity, depression, and anxiety than the men, and found it very difficult to quit the habit.

"The results suggest that despite smoking fewer cigarettes and being less dependent on nicotine than men, women have a harder time quitting," said study author Ingrid Allagbe, a PhD student at the University of Burgundy, Dijon, France.

Louise Ross, an expert at the National Center for Smoking Cessation and Training, who was not involved in the study, thinks smoking has a 'strong emotional connection' with women.

Ross, who is involved in helping people quit smoking, said women often describe cigarettes as 'a best friend'.

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