Smoking Causes Arthritis

The tobacco tax increase cannot be delayed and should be included in the Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) or in the package 1 of tax reforms being deliberated in the Senate. We are alarmed that every year of delay will result in an additional 200,000 smokers who will be suffering from sure-death diseases.Continue reading “Smoking Causes Arthritis”

Smoking Causes Arthritis

Dear Senators, You might wonder why we, rheumatologists, are appealing to you to please support the proposal to increase tobacco tax. It is because we know that smoking increases the risk for development for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, and Buerger’s disease which afflict patients under our care.  It is also associated with negative outcomes for mostContinue reading “Smoking Causes Arthritis”