Smokers twice as likely to carry oral HPV

Smokers are at increased risk of oral HPV, a US study shows.

Tobacco smokers were more than twice as likely as non-smokers to carry the oral HPV type 16 infection, according to a study of 6887 adults.

Two per cent of current tobacco smokers had the infection, compared with 0.6% of people who were former smokers or never smoked, reported the researchers from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, Baltimore, US.

For every three additional cigarettes smoked per day, the risk of HPV 16 jumped by 31%, reported