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May 22, 2012 Two new studies have implicated smoking in the development of psoriatic arthritis and inflammatory back pain. Both were published in the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases. In the first study, the relative risk for incident psoriatic arthritis was 1.54 for previous smokers and 3.13 for those who currently smoke compared with people who had never smoked. Moreover, the risks of severe disease were “remarkably elevated” among smokers with a 25-year history and with 20 or more pack years. In the second study, smokers had earlier onset of inflammatory back pain and worse disease activity. The worsened disease activity and poorer function seen among smokers in the study also translated into more missed work days as a result of the disease. Taken together, the study results illustrate that the interactions between environmental factors and the onset, course, and outcomes of rheumatic diseases are growing increasingly complex.
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