Many people know smoking is bad for them but think that the only problem is lung cancer. They also feel that they will develop this only if they smoke a large number of cigarettes and that any effects of smoking will be felt only late in their lives. However none of these assumptions are true. Smoking affects almost every organ in the body. 

When smoking affects so many organs it was not a surprise to doctors and rheumatologists when it was found that smoking is the cause of rheumatoid arthritis in many patients. Smoking tends to make the disease worse or resistant to treatment as well.

However recent evidence has shown the particularly in women "a few puffs with friends", "once in a while" can also substantially increase their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis. According to a recent Swedish study, women smoking as little as one to seven cigarettes a day, double their risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis.What was disheartening was that the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis persisted for more than 15 years after patients quit smoking. With India having recently earned the dubious distinction of having the second highest population of women who smoke, hospitals are likely to see a rise in the number of women presenting with Rheumatoid Arthritis in the coming years. 

As well all know rheumatoid arthritis can be a potentially serious illness which can result in the patient landing in a wheelchair. Thus the above image.  SO IF YOU SMOKE PLEASE QUIT NOW!!!! TELL ME HOW I CAN HELP YOU. You can read more on the topic on my blog.