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Smokers less likely to have advanced IPF

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A study has found that smokers were less likely than non-smokers to have advanced symptoms of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis.
According to the UK study of 249 patients with IPF, current smokers had milder disease than former or non-smokers.

However, researchers warned that smoking status may simply indicate that people gave up smoking once diagnosed with the disease.

The results could be attributed to a ‘healthy smoker’ effect, the researchers said, meaning that people were more likely to give up once they found they have the disease, thus skewing findings.

The study also found survival rates were higher in non-smokers once adjusted for severity of symptoms.

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