7 Tips for a Healthier Multiple Sclerosis Life

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3. Smoking

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“The Office of the U.S. Surgeon General has established that smoking causes serious health problems; subsequent studies by many other groups have confirmed this,” according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. “Smokers are generally recognized to have higher rates of lung cancer, heart disease, emphysema and other respiratory problems, and lower birth weight infants than nonsmokers. Smoking is known to produce shortness of breath, susceptibility to lung infections, and heartbeat irregularities, which might transform a mild or moderate neurological limitation in a person with MS into a severe disability. Furthermore, smoking presents a significant fire hazard when the smoker suffers from weakness or incoordination.”

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