The Scoop On Smoking from ACSH: what every teen should know about tobacco

rheumatoid arthritis

the bottom line

If you smoke, you are about twice as likely as a nonsmoker to develop rheumatoid arthritis. And if you already have rheumatoid arthritis, smoking can make the disease worse. Smokers with rheumatoid arthritis are especially likely to develop complications of rheumatoid arthritis that affect parts of the body other than the joints.

just the facts

  • More than two million Americans have rheumatoid arthritis.

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