"This research provides important evidence that the risk of early death starts to decline in patients who stop smoking, and continues year on year," said researcher Deborah Symmons. She is a professor of rheumatology and musculoskeletal epidemiology at the University of Manchester in England.
Symmons and her colleagues analyzed data from rheumatoid arthritis patients in the United Kingdom. The investigators found that the patients who smoked were nearly twice as likely to die prematurely as those who never smoked.
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