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Health Agencies Update
April 15, 1998

Yet Another Reason to Quit

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JAMA. 1998;279(15):1153. doi:10.1001/jama.279.15.1253-JHA80002-2-1

People who quit smoking are no more likely to be hospitalized than people who never smoked, according to a new study funded by the Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (AHCPR).

The study, led by investigators from Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, also found that men who smoke are one third more likely to be hospitalized than nonsmokers. Middle-aged women who smoke also have higher rates of hospitalization than their nonsmoking counterparts, though the difference was not as pronounced.

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