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Quitting smoking during the second half of the menstrual cycle may help women kick the habit

By: Hope A. Ricciotti, M.D., Editor in Chief, Harvard Women's Health Watch Nearly every woman will acknowledge that her menstrual cycle affects her mood and behavior. An estimated 85% of women experience premenstrual syndrome one to two weeks before her period, which may include moodiness, anxiety, irritability, or food cravings along with physical symptoms such as bloating and breast tenderness. Studies suggest that women are more likely to engage in addictive behaviors, such…

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