Smoking Can Trigger Lupus
But study says those who quit reduce their risk of autoimmune disease
By Steven Reinberg
THURSDAY, March 4 (HealthDayNews) -- Smoking can trigger the onset of lupus and quitting can reduce that risk, a new study finds.
"Lupus is a rare disease," says lead researcher Dr. Karen H. Costenbader, a rheumatologist from the division of rheumatology, allergy and immunology at Massachusetts General Hospital. "But we found a small, yet significant, increased risk of developing lupus among current smokers compared with people who never smoked."
Cigarette Smoking and the Risk of Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Meta-Analysis
Karen H. Costenbader, Daniel J. Kim, Jehanna Peerzada, Shahin Lockman, Dolores Nobles-Knight, Michelle Petri, and Elizabeth W. Karlson
Arthritis and Rhuematism, 50:3 849-857, March 2004.