Smoking in young girls

Smoking is an important risk factor for MS (see previous post) and almost certainly interacts with other risk factors. Therefore getting young people to not start, or to stop smoking, is an important message of our "Prevent MS" campaign.

If you are a child or a sibling of someone with MS and have first hand experience of the disease how could you consider smoking or continuing to smoke?

A worrying trend is the apparent increase in smoking in young girls, relative to boys. The reasons for this are complex and need to be addressed if we want to reduce the incidence of MS in the next generation.

Click here to read the report on "Smoking among young people in England in 2009"

"I get very depressed when I see young people, particularly woman, smoking; smoking increases your chances of getting MS by ~50%."