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The recent report by Sadr-Azodi et al entitled ‘Cigarette smoking, smoking cessation and acute pancreatitis: a prospective population-based study,’1 suggests that smoking is an important risk factor for non-gallstone-related acute pancreatitis.
In this study, the examined populations consisted of participants from the Swedish Mammography Cohort (SMC) established between 1987 and 1990. A questionnaire pertaining to diet, body size and education was mailed to 90 303 women born between 1914 and 1948; 66 651 women (74%) returned the questionnaire. In 1997, all surviving participants (56 030) received a new expanded questionnaire regarding anthropometric and lifestyle factors, including smoking status: 38 988 women returned a completed questionnaire. In addition in 1997, a questionnaire identical to the one …
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