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More to smoking than just cancer

Tobacco has been commonly linked with cancer and cardiovascular disease, but there is also increased risk of other diseases such as lupus erythematosus, Grave's disease, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), erectile dysfunction, obstructive sleep apnea, gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD), and Alzheimer's disease. Autoimmune conditions, such as lupus, Grave's disease and RA, occur when the defence cells of the body recognize and attack itself, resulting in pain and inflammation.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by CBS News

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About: More to smoking than just cancer

Date: 18 August 2005

Source: CBS News

URL: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2005/08/18/earlyshow/health/health_news/main784532.shtml

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