ALS survival shorter with smoking

ALS survival shorter with smokingAlthough smoking has been tied to shorter life expectancy in general, it has particularly negative effects on people with ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). There is currently no cure for ALS, though researchers have identified numerous risk factors including genes, age, and underlying health issues. A recent study examined the link between tobacco and ALS.

The researchers collected data based on smoking habits of 650 people diagnosed with ALS, and also looked at chronic lung disease rates.


Nearly 19 percent of the patients were regular smokers, 28 were ex-smokers, and 53 percent never smoked.
Forty-four of the patients had chronic lung disease – half of them were smokers. Patients with COPD had shorter life expectancy, and smoking also shortened life expectancy regardless of COPD status.

Smokers lived, on average, 21 months after ALS diagnosis, compared to 27 months in ex-smokers. Non-smokers lived up to 31 months on average.

Although no firm conclusions can be made based on the study, the findings reaffirm the importance of not smoking.

Author Bio

Devon Andre has been involved in the health and dietary supplement industry for a number of years. Devon has written extensively for Bel Marra Health. He has a Bachelor of Forensic Science from the University of Windsor, and went on to complete a Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh. Devon is keenly aware of trends and new developments in the area of health and wellness. He embraces an active lifestyle combining diet, exercise and healthy choices. By working to inform readers of the options available to them, he hopes to improve their health and quality of life.


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