I was at the RA clinic yesterday and saw all these posters about smoking. About the fact that smoking causes a high percentage of RA and continued smoking may hinder the effectiveness of drugs and make the rheumatoid arthritis worse.
I am 49 now. At the age of 18 I started smoking socially, maybe one or two a day. When I reached my mid 20s and 30s i only ever really smoked at parties or nights out. And for the last 10 years I only occasionally have the odd roll-up.
Meaning, I have never been a heavy smoker but I have smoked on and off.
I guess my question to everyone is… Did you smoke in the past, do you still smoke now, and do you think that smoking caused your rheumatoid arthritis? My father was a light smoker until he was 50. He also had RA. My mother and my sister have never smoked. They do not have RA.
I said it was controversial question because most people don't want to admit to a bad habit.