Women crave smoking postmenstrually

While many use the new year as the impetus to kick bad habits, women might be better off focusing on the time of the month, University of Montreal researchers have found.

Their study shows significant changes in brain activation across the menstrual cycle.

“This result emphasises the need for gender-specific programs to quit smoking, as well as taking into consideration a menstrual cycle phase during addiction treatment in women,” the study’s authors wrote.

“While overall more men than women smoke cigarettes, women and girls take less time to become dependent after initial use and have more difficulties quitting the habit,” they said, suggesting one of the factors contributing to these differences may be that women crave cigarettes more than men.
 
The study looked at 34 healthy men and women who smoked 15 or more cigarettes per day.

Women had cerebral imaging both at the beginning of the