Smoking, smoking cessation and inflammatory markers in older Chinese men: The Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study

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AIMS: Smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and inflammation plays a key role in the process of atherosclerosis. We therefore study the role of smoking and smoking cessation on the levels of inflammatory markers, C-reactive protein (CRP) and white blood cell (WBC) count, in older Chinese men. METHODS: This cross-sectional analysis included 2999 men aged 50-85 years who received a medical check-up including measurement of fasting plasma vascular risk factors. Information on smoking status, socioeconomic and lifestyle factors was collected by standardized interview. RESULTS: After adjustment for potential confounders, both CRP and WBC increased linearly across never, former and current smokers (both p


Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)304-310
Number of pages7
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2009