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How Many Cigarettes Per Day Is Too Many Cigarettes Per Day?

Until the 1920s-1930s, smoking was not ubiquitous with women being “cool”. In the early 19th Century, the social icon of the “cool” woman who might be rebellious, seductive, and desirable, was only coming to formation. A 1925 mass marketing campaign by Lucky Strike, a popular cigarette company, focused on drawing women to cigarettes, by riding on the waves of the 1920s “flapper” fashion sense which was a revolution: short hemlines, tight bodices, and short hair. Prior to this movement to engage female consumers, women smokers were seen as taboo, often depicted in art as an activity participated in by ladies of the night, according to an essay by

Amanda Amosa and Margaretha Haglundb for Tobacco Control in BMJ Journals. Lucky Strike’s market share increased more than 200% as the campaign told women to reach for a cigarette instead of a sweet treat in order to reduce and suppress their appetite.

Today, millions of women in recovery around the world reach for a cigarette instead of a drink or a drug. Smoking is a common association with being sober as cigarettes are considered to be the lesser of vices compared to chronic alcoholism or severe drug abuse. With technology leading health information, women today are unavoidably aware of the very real threat smoking cigarettes poses to their health. Emphysema, throat cancer, mouth cancer, and lung cancer, are all risks of smoking tobacco cigarettes.

Heart disease is another major health risk for women who smoke cigarettes. A recent study published in The BMJ discovered that just one single cigarette a day increases a woman’s risk for heart disease as well as stroke. One cigarette a day increased women’s heart disease by 57%.

Smoking is not exactly encouraged in recovery, though neither is it discouraged. Some believe that cutting all ties with cigarette smoking too soon in recovery can be a detriment to sustaining sobriety, whereas others believe that getting sober is the perfect opportunity to quit smoking. Many treatment programs offer smoking cessation programs for “cutting down” on smoking. Quitting smoking cold turkey can result in triggering, difficult symptoms of withdrawal. However, with these recent statistics brought to light, cutting down may not be enough. With the empowering force of recovery behind women, quitting smoking cigarettes may be the next best thing they do after quitting drug and alcohol abuse.

Villa Tranquil, a unique transitional living opportunity, welcomes women between the ages of 18-65. Independently owned and operated by clinicians, our distinct program provides women with the clinical care, compassion, and structure needed for ongoing recovery. Empowering women to live their best lives, our beautiful home in Jupiter Farms, Florida is the perfect environment for post-treatment living. Call us today for information:  (561) 294-0427