Smoking may worsen ankylosing spondylitis symptoms, but quitting can help ease the effect of the condition on your spine and protect your heart and lungs.
People with ankylosing spondylitis who smoke tend to have more spinal damage than those who don’t.
The more you smoke, the worse your ankylosing spondylitis could become — which is the best reason to make quitting a priority.
Researchers who looked at data from 17 studies involving nearly 5,000 adults with ankylosing spondylitis found that the more people smoked, the more likely they were to report pain and problems with mobility. Those who smoked more than 10 cigarettes a day had significantly worse health-related quality of life than people who didn’t smoke, according to the findings, published in the April 2017 issue of Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism.