Helping rheum patients quit smoking: ‘Even a small conversation can have a big impact’

Although rates of smoking have steadily declined in recent decades, 34 million Americans still use cigarettes, according to the American Cancer Society, with many of those millions being patients with autoimmune and rheumatic diseases.
According to the CDC, more than 480,000 deaths can be attributed to smoking each year in the United States, making it the foremost source of preventable death and illness in the country.
Meanwhile, one does not have to dig too deeply into the PubMed archives to find data showing increased rates of smoking among patients with rheumatic diseases. Complications and

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