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Quit smoking to offset arthritis risk!

Long-term smoking cessation in women is associated with a lower risk of rheumatoid arthritis compared to those who have recently quit, a new study has shown. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disorder affecting many joints, including those in the hands and feet. According to WHO, rheumatoid arthritis strikes during the most productive years of adulthood, between 20 and 40 and is more common among women.