Here is My Question:
I can't stop smoking. It is Thanksgiving and I will once again have my family on my case for smoking. I know smoking is bad for everything but why is it so bad for people with MS?
You are correct on all fronts; smoking is bad for MS and, like all addictions, it is hard to quit. You’ve asked the most difficult question which is, how is cigarette smoking bad for MS? Although we do not have a full answer to this question, we do have some interesting information:
The most important thing to remember is that the evidence linking the prevalence and severity of MS to cigarette smoking is overwhelming.
My strong suggestion is to use a nicotine substitute (patch or gum only) for smoking cessation and get involved with the Freedom from Smoking program offered through the American Lung Association. This online resource is readily available to you once you decide it is time to quit.
-Rip Kinkel MD
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