Cited in Yahoo Health – Are Women More Susceptible to Secondhand Smoke?

Screen Shot 2015-07-18 at 3.27.57 PMHappy to help out on another great piece by Korin Miller for Yahoo Health on the dangers of second hand smoke exposure, and new research suggesting that women may be at higher risk.  To read the full article, click here.

While the study’s authors tell Yahoo Health the finding could simply be due to sampling, psychologists say they’re not shocked.

Licensed clinical psychologist Alicia Clark, PsyD, tells Yahoo Health that women can have difficulty speaking up when their needs are in conflict with those of someone they love, as is often the case when smokers and non-smokers live together. “Women are nurturers by nature, and this tendency likely influences how women navigate conflict,” she says.

As a result, she says, a woman may be more likely to avoid the inevitable conflict that can come with raising an objection to her partner’s smoking habit.

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Alicia H. Clark, PsyD