Young women smokers more at risk for stroke

August 14, 2008 1:41:28 PM PDT
It's been known that smoking increases your chances of stroke, but new research shows younger women who smoke are at double the risk.Baltimore researchers looked at women 15 to 49 years old who smoked cigarettes.

Women who smoke two packs of cigarettes a day are more than nine times more at risk of developing a stroke.

Experts say while quitting is the best thing you can do, cutting back does offer some benefit.

More information is available in the American Heart Association's Journal, Stroke.