Taking action on smoking and health
Seror R, et al. Passive smoking in childhood increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.Rheumatology, key219, 14 August 2018. This study confirms that active smoking is associated with an increased risk of RA. It suggests for the first time that passive exposure to tobacco during childhood might also increase the risk of RA in future light smokers and probably non-smokers. Our results highlight the importance of avoiding any tobacco environment in children, especially in those with a family history of RA.
Joseph RM, et al. Smoking-related mortality in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis – a retrospective cohort study using the Clinical Practice Research Datalink. Arthritis Care and Research March 2016. Current smoking is associated with an increased risk of all-cause, cardiovascular and lung cancer mortality in patients with RA. Each year of cessation is associated with a reduced risk of all-cause mortality.
ASH Scotland information briefing on smoking and rheumatoid arthritis November 2012
The National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society has collaborated with NHS Fife and Pfizer to develop a campaign (leaflet pictured left) to raise awareness of the link between RA and smoking and to encourage people with RA to think twice about smoking. This leaflet and supporting campaign materials are available from the National Rheumatoid Arthritis Society: www.nras.org.uk
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