Women find it more difficult to stop smoking according to a new study presented at the Canadian Cardiovascular Congress (CCC) of 2019. Carolina Gonzaga Carvalho, a researcher at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, one of the authors of the study, has indeed discovered, through a retrospective analysis of 233 patients, that women showed a greater prevalence of anxiety or depression than humans (a prevalence of 41% against 21%) which then went on to disturb attempts to quit smoking.
According to the researcher, hormonal or social factors would also play a role, but in any case it is an observational study that cannot search for the causes. The researcher used data on 233 patients attending a hospital clinic where she works to stop smoking. The data date back to the period between 2008 and 2018. Several of them, if necessary, were prescribed drugs such as those related to nicotine replacement therapy or bupropion and varenicline, based on various cases.
35% of patients were female and the average age was 56 years.
“Our study highlights the need for specific interventions on sex and the financial coverage of smoking cessation drugs,” says the researcher in the press release accompanying the study.