Passive smoking and air pollution linked to arthritis and poor therapy response

There is increasing evidence that environmental air pollution is associated with people developing inflammatory arthritis. At the 2021 EULAR congress, a large population-based study of French women reports passive exposure to smoking during childhood or adulthood increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA). A second study in Italy found that air pollution also has an impact—with air pollution levels showing an association with failure of biologic therapy.

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