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NAQC Newsroom: Tobacco Control

The National Multiple Schlerosis Society and Smoking Cessation!

Tuesday, October 18, 2016  
Posted by: Natalia Gromov

The National Multiple Schlerosis (MS) Society is interested in partnering with quitlines to provide cessation treatment to their patients who smoke and to educate quitlines and their callers about MS. The National MS Society is a collective of passionate individuals who want to do something about MS now—to move together toward a world free of multiple sclerosis. The Society helps each person address the challenges of living with MS through our 50-state network of chapters. The Society helps people affected by MS by funding cutting-edge research, driving change through advocacy, facilitating professional education, and providing programs and services that help people with MS and their families move their lives forward.

Research has shown that smoking can result in shortness of breath, susceptibility to lung infections, and heartbeat irregularities for MS patients, transforming a mild or moderate neurological limitation in a person with MS into a severe disability. Here are some research abstracts about smoking and MS:

1.     Hedström AK, Bäärnhielm M, Olsson T, et al. Exposure to environmental tobacco smoke is associated with increased risk for multiple sclerosis. Mult Scler. 2011 Jul;17(7):788-93.

2.     Wingerchuk DM. Smoking: effects on multiple sclerosis susceptibility and disease progression. Ther Adv Neurol Disord. 2012 Jan;5(1):13- 22.

3.     Ramanujam R, Hedström AK, Manouchehrinia A, Alfredsson L et al. Effect of smoking cessation on multiple sclerosis prognosis. JAMA Neurol. 2015 Oct;72(10):1117-23.

Below is the link to the materials on the Society’s website about smoking:
Materials about wellness may be found on the Society’s web site:

If you are interested in reaching an MS Navigator to talk about local resources, questions about MS, information about support programs, please call: 800-FIGHT-MS (800-344-4867).

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