- Women who hadn't smoked for at least five years were 45% less likely to have severe or frequent hot flashes than current smokers (but they were still more likely to have symptoms compared to women who had never smoked).
- Although the effect was strongest if women quit at least five years before the onset of menopause, even women quitting later did have a better outcome than women who continued to smoke.
- Compared with current smokers, women who quit were 37% less likely to have hot flashes and 22% less likely to have frequent or severe symptoms.
- Compared to women who had never smoked, the current smokers were four times more likely to have hot flashes.
- Quitting at least five years before menopause was linked to a 14% reduction in the severity of hot flashes and a 19% reduction in their frequency, compared to quitting more recently.
Take away message: for women, this is just another reason to quit smoking if you haven't already, and although the sooner you quit the better, it's never too late to drop the habit.
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Source: Does quitting smoking decrease the risk of midlife hot flashes? A longitudinal analysis
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