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Smokers Twice As Likely to Get TB

Posted 12 Jan 2010 by Drugs.com

MONDAY, Aug. 24 – Smokers are twice as likely as nonsmokers to develop active tuberculosis (TB), a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from nearly 17,000 people who took part in Taiwan's 2001 National Health Interview Survey. They found that current smokers had a 2.73 times higher risk of active TB than nonsmokers, while the risk for people who had smoked at some point in their lives was 2.69 times greater. After adjusting for other potential factors, the researchers determined that current smokers were two times more likely to develop active TB than nonsmokers. They also found that younger smokers were more likely than smokers over age 65 to develop active TB, compared to nonsmokers. The study appears in the Sept. 1 issue of the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. "The small number of TB cases in this study prevented us from examining the age-gradient of ... Read more

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