Neurology

Could high lithium levels in tobacco contribute to reduced risk of Parkinson's disease in smokers?





Epidemiologic studies have shown cigarette smokers to have a reduced risk of Parkinson's disease (PD) with large prospective cohort studies showing a mean 77% reduced risk [1]. As a result, many have theorized that tobacco may contain one or more neuroprotective elements that could reduce the incidence and slow the progression of PD.

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