Passive smoking in childhood linked to rheumatoid arthritis
Smoking also speeds up disease progression in ankylosing spondylitis
June 16, 2017
European League Against Rheumatism
The link between active smoking and the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been demonstrated by research. However, interestingly, new work also suggested for the first time that in smokers, exposure to tobacco early in life through passive smoking in childhood significantly increased this risk.