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Smoking & Rheumatoid Arthritis


As far as we know, smoking has no positive impact on any aspect of your health.  This also includes rheumatoid arthritis.

Did you know that people who smoke are at an increased risk to develop rheumatoid arthritis?  The good news is that this risk actually decreases in those who are able to stop smoking.

Smoking also makes rheumatoid arthritis worse and less responsive to treatment. We aren’t sure why RA is worse in smokers but the chemicals from the cigarettes may interfere with your RA medicine.  Smoking can also make rheumatoid nodules worse.

The bottom line is do your best to stop smoking.  Talk with your primary care physician about strategies to help you stop smoking!