Another reason not to smoke, especially around young children: Current or past smoking increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a French study in the journal Rheumatology, which followed 99,000 women since 1990.
In addition, it found that exposure to secondhand smoke during childhood increased the likelihood that participants who ever smoked would eventually develop RA and would do so at younger ages.
“Our results highlight the importance of protecting children from any environmental tobacco smoke exposure, especially in those with a family history of RA,” the researchers concluded.
This article first appeared in the UC Berkeley Wellness Letter.
Also see Secondhand Cannabis Smoke and Children.