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04/17/03

Emphysema Killing More Women

   In the 1940's, 50's even the 60's smoking was socially acceptable, in fact everyone smoked according to Ann-Marie McCreight. She started smoking in 1946 after she married her military husband.

   "I started out just smoking socially, then before I knew it I was smoking every day," she says.

   Ann-Marie says back then, no one knew about the harmful effects of smoking.

  "Many women, including my sister, smoked when they were pregnant," she said. "And when I was 25, I didn't even know what emphysema was."

   Today though she knows about it all too well. Emphysema is a condition where the walls of your lungs start breaking down, making it impossible to breath. Smoking is the cause of about 90 percent of emphysema cases, and for the first time in history more women are getting emphysema than men -- because so many women smoked 50 years ago.

   Today Ann-Marie only has about 20 percent of her lung tissue. She must breath oxygen through a tube. She just hopes younger women today will learn from her example and stop smoking.

   Michelle Mortensen, reporting.

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