The Surgeon General of the United States has released the latest report, "The Health Consequences of Smoking--50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014". The new report shows "tobacco's continued, immense burden to our nation". This year alone, nearly one-half million adults will still die prematurely because of smoking. If we stay on the current path, 5.6 million children alive today who are younger than 18 years of age will die prematurely from causes related to smoking.
Several diseases were causally linked to smoking in the new report that had not been previously. Rheumatoid arthritis was among the newly identified diseases caused by smoking.
Smoking was found to cause general adverse effects on the body, including inflammation. Smoking impairs immune function. Also, evidence was said to be sufficient to infer that cigarette smoking reduces the effectiveness of tumor necrosis factor-alpha inhibitors (also known as TNF blockers). TNF blockers are biologic drugs used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
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