There’s now even more evidence that smoking can be deadly for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients, British researchers reported. The study, published in Arthritis Care & Research, found that smokers were at significantly increased risk of death from any cause, as well as from circulatory disease and lung cancer, and that the mortality risk fell significantly each year after quitting.

Patients with RA have a mortality risk about 1.5-fold higher over specified time periods than the general population, and they also have higher rates of smoking and other cardiovascular risk factors. However, it has not been clear whether smoking contributes to mortality risk or what effects of cessation might be.

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