Smoking and ankylosing spondylitis (AS)
If you smoke, the best thing you can do for your health is to stop. This is easier said than done, but help is available that increases your chances of quitting for good. Your hospital or GP will be able to direct you to a local service that can offer advice and treatment.
Smoking can be particularly damaging because ankylosing spondylitis (AS) can reduce the movement of your rib cage when you breathe, making smoking-related lung damage more disabling and dangerous.
People with an inflammatory arthritis such as ankylosing spondylitis are also at greater risk of heart disease, and smoking further increases this risk.