Smoking Cigarettes and Migraine Headaches

May 9th, 2010

A study published in the Journal of Headache and Pain found that smoking more than 5 cigarettes a day will precipitate migraines. The research involved 300 medical students who were well trained in being able to identify a migraine from another type of headache. According to Dr. Pascual, the lead researcher in the study, “smoking is a precipitating factor of this type of headache, as the prevalence of active smokers is one third higher in migraine sufferers and there is a direct relationship between the number of cigarettes consumed and the frequency of migraine attacks”. The expression “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is especially true for migraines, as they have been linked with increased risk of stroke, brain lesions and even heart attacks. So for those of you who are smokers and experiencing migraines, dropping to 5 cigarettes a day or less could lessen the frequency of your migraines. Add in your MigreLief daily to further increase your benefits.

López-Mesonero et al. Smoking as a precipitating factor for migraine: a survey in medical students. The Journal of Headache and Pain, 2009; 10 (2): 101 DOI:

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