Current Smokers at Higher Risk of IPF Than Former Smokers

Current Smokers at Higher Risk of IPF Than Former Smokers

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Current Smokers at Higher Risk of IPF Than Former Smokers

Smoking cigarettes substantially increases the risk of developing idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), according to a population-based study conducted in Korea. The findings indicate the risk of IPF is greater in current smokers, compared with people who used to smoke but have since quit. The study, “Impact of smoking on the development of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: results from a nationwide population-based cohort study,” was published in the journal Thorax. Although the exact cause of IPF is…

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