Studies from the U.S. and around the world have shown that people with psoriasis are more likely to be smokers than the average population. Whether that’s because people take up the habit after developing the condition, or because it contributes to the development of psoriasis, is still not known. What is known is that if you do not smoke, you shouldn’t start. And if you do smoke, you should find a way to quit.

Of course, quitting is easier said than done. If you are a smoker with psoriasis, and you are having trouble quitting, be sure to talk to your doctor. There are many ways to approach quitting, and getting help to do it is a great idea.

Extracted from: Living with Psoriasis, Your Guide to Living Well After a Psoriasis Diagnosis. Canadian Association of Psoriasis Patients, July 2015
Reviewed by: Sabrina Ribau
Medically Reviewed:  by Dr. Yvette Miller Monthrope, April 2021