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How is smoking related to Buerger’s disease?

Almost everyone diagnosed with Buerger's disease smokes cigarettes or uses other forms of tobacco, such as chewing tobacco. However, it isn't clear how tobacco use increases the risk for Buerger's disease. It's thought that chemicals in tobacco irritate the lining of the blood vessels, causing them to swell.

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