Strokes characterized by bleeding inside the lining of the brain are more common among smokers, especially women, researchers report.
These serious strokes—called subarachnoid hemorrhages—are eight times more common among women who smoke more than a pack a day compared to nonsmokers, Finnish researchers found. They’re three times more common among men who smoke the same amount.
Even light smoking tripled a woman’s risk for this type of stroke, the study found.
“There is no safe level of smoking, and naturally, the best option is never to start,” said lead researcher Dr. Joni Lindbohm of the University of Helsinki.