Updated 08 September 2015

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Smokers are twice as likely as non-smokers to develop arthritis. If you already have arthritis, and you smoke, give up immediately.

Smoking can increase the amount of pain you feel and it also influences your immune system, which affects the body’s ability to repair itself.

For more info on managing your condition, visit the Arthritis Centre.


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