Navigation Links
Smokers Twice As Likely to Get TB
Date:8/24/2009

Young people are also more susceptible, report shows

MONDAY, Aug. 24 (HealthDay News) -- 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 smoking-TB association at a finer age scale, and more studies are needed to confirm the findings," lead author Hsien-Ho Lin, a postdoctoral research fellow at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, said in a journal news release.

"Because the baseline risk for active TB is higher in the elderly in many countries, a smaller but still elevated relative risk in this population may yet translate to a greater number of cases of active TB, and our findings should not be interpreted to mean that smoking poses a lower risk in the older population," said Lin.

Lin and colleagues said smoking's effects on different biological functions may increase the risk of active TB.

"To our knowledge, this is the first cohort study from a general population that provides evidence on the positive association between tobacco smoking and active TB," Lin said. "Based on results from ours and other studies, policy makers and public health personnel should consider addressing tobacco cessation as part of tuberculosis control. From the perspective of prevention, the target of smoking cessation should aim beyond TB patients to reach high-risk populations who are most likely to benefit from cessation."

More information

The American Lung Association has more about TB.



-- Robert Preidt



SOURCE: American Thoracic Society, news release, Aug. 24, 2009


'/>"/>
Copyright©2009 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Teens who see more smoking in movies may have increased risk of becoming established smokers
2. Smokers More Likely to Develop Dementia
3. Help is Available for Smokers Who Want to Quit as Minnesotas Smoke-Free Law Takes Effect Oct. 1
4. First Puff Can Turn Kids Into Smokers: Study
5. Statins reduce loss of function, keeping old lungs young - even in smokers
6. Blood Test Catches Secret Smokers
7. Smokers Remain Unaware of the Health Effects of Smoking, New Survey Finds
8. Smokers Cost Medicaid System Nearly $10 Billion
9. Studies of 20,000 smokers show quit rates double with counseling and free nicotine patches
10. Smoking Cessation Rates Double With Intensive Counseling and Free Nicotine Replacement Therapy, Studies of 20,000 Smokers Show
11. FSU researcher lands $3.3 million grant to help smokers kick habit
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Smokers Twice As Likely to Get TB
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Clarion Safety ... safety labels , has been featured in the National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s ... e-newsletter provides electroindustry professionals with manufacturer, regulatory, and standardization news. The publication is ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... disease research and education, today announced that it has named Scott Santarella as ... Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in San Francisco, where he successfully ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... After graduating from Cornell, author Joshua Alexander ... on medication, living on Social Security disability and staying in a group home. In ... It!” (published by Balboa Press), Alexander shares how he was finally able to heal ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... ... PhysicianOne Urgent Care, advocators in helping their patients lead the healthiest lives possible, updates ... spring. , The official tick season kicks off in May across the states ... themselves to their prey while they feed off their blood. Like other similar biting ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... Design Concepts , ... Centro del Quinto Sol Wheel Park’ in Pueblo, Colorado. This park was designed ... something special for this often overlooked neighborhood. Located at 609 E. 6th Street, ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/20/2016)... -- According to the 2016 home healthcare market ... affordable healthcare solutions as since the early 2000s, the cost ... like the US, the healthcare cost rose faster than inflation ... index inflation rate stood at an average of 2.04% during ... during the same time period. This can be attributed to ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. , May 19, 2016 ... nearly two thirds of the world lacks basic ... standard procedures in the United States ... not privileged to such technology. In fact, the ... are at risk of avoidable or treatable death, ...
(Date:5/19/2016)... , May 19, 2016 Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, ... a Don Francisco " sweepstakes, offering a chance to ... Don Francisco ), who for the past two years ... initiative. Aimed at engaging and educating Hispanics with type 2 ... Tu Don provides resources for treatment options and tips for ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: