Put this crap on the side of the packs, you nanny state jackasses.
A new study published in the online version of the medical journal Neurology shows that smokers are at a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease, and that your risk of developing the disease is more greatly reduced the longer you smoke. Smokers of 30 years or more saw their risk of Parkinson’s reduced by 41%, while smokers of less than a decade saw a drop of just 4%.
The findings follow a 2007 Harvard School of Public Health study, which showed a 73% lower rate of Parkinson’s among smokers.
Hey, if we’re to believe all the second-hand smoke junk science, you probably reduce your Parkinson’s risk just by eating in a smoky restaurant or driving in the car with a smoker, too. Maybe even third-hand smoke in hotel room carpets could help.
The latest study, while showing less dramatic results, offers a larger sample of subjects and could yield new clues about the mechanism by which cigarettes improve the brain’s resiliency to Parkinson’s.
A team at the National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences examined 305,000 men and women over age 50. At a 10-year follow-up, half of 1 percent of the study’s participants had developed Parkinson’s.
More years of smoking were associated with less risk. Those who smoked for less than a decade had a 4 percent lower risk than nonsmokers, compared with a 41 percent reduced risk among participants who’d been lighting up daily for more than 30 years.
The number of cigarettes smoked didn’t appear to have any effect.
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