Is smoking causing the gender health gap?

Smoking could be responsible for as much as 60% of the gender gap in death rates across Europe, and kills twice as many men as alcohol, reveals research on how smoking causes the gender health gap published online in Tobacco Control.

In the city of Brighton & Hove, where poor boys die 13 years younger than rich girls, the smoking rate for men is only slightly higher than women but research suggests that men are more likely to be heavy smokers and that NHS smoking cessation services are less effective at reaching men than women.

The new findings support earlier research that suggested that rising rates of smoking among men, relative to women, accounted for 75% of the increase in the gender gap in mortality between 1910 and 1962.


Glen Poole is UK co-ordinator for International Men's Day, Director at the consultancy Helping Men and news editor of insideMAN magazine. Follow him on twitter @HelpingMen or find out more about his work at

Posted in NEWS, World News On Men's Issues

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