What is the effect of smoking on kidney failure?

Updated: Jul 21, 2021
  • Author: Pradeep Arora, MD; Chief Editor: Vecihi Batuman, MD, FASN  more...
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Encourage smoking cessation, as smokers tend to reach ESRD earlier than nonsmokers. A large-population Norwegian study found that smoking cessation decreased the risk for future onset of kidney failure—especially in men, who tended to be heavier smokers than women in this cross-section. [74]


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