Smoking and MS Progression

It’s well-established that smoking increases risk for developing MS. For our preliminary metabolomics work we focused solely on non-smoking individuals to keep that factor from complicating our data analysis. Interestingly, a recent study by Kvistad et al. published in the journal Neurology found no short-term association between tobacco use and MRI and clinical assessments of disease progression in relapsing-remitting MS (RR-MS) patients. Further study needs to be done on how tobacco use affects the long-term prognosis of people with RR-MS and with other MS subtypes.

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