Scientists link smoking to five extra diseases, bringing the total to 26

February 16, 2015 12:03 PM

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But scientists at the Washington University School of Medicine have identified smoking is also linked to significantly increased risks of infection, kidney disease, intestinal disease caused by inadequate blood flow, and heart and lung illnesses not previously attributed to tobacco.

Research has already established 21 diseases caused by smoking, including 12 types of cancer, six categories of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease [COPD], and pneumonia including influenza.

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