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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredSmoking can raise your risk of developing an autoimmune disorder such as rheumatoid arthritis. Smoking probably turns on an immune-system reaction that spirals out of control, triggering an autoimmune condition.
Vincent T DeVita Jr, Oncology, answered
Smoking is not known to cause RA, but all the various diseases caused by smoking can complicate the management of RA