Stockholm, Sweden-The latest news from the Swedish Institute of Health reveals a surprising new find in geriatrics. Smokers are 86% less likely to suffer from Alzheimer's than non-smokers are.
"This is very surprising," said Swedish researcher, Dr. Hans Olo. "This really throws a loop in the anti-smoking movement of the last few years."
The ground-breaking study, which trailed 100 individuals from age 45 until their deaths, included 50 smokers and 50 non-smokers. The non-smokers lived to ripe ages, suffering from a variety of geriatric illnesses near the end of their lives, including Alzheimer's. Only seven of the smokers developed the illness.
The study, funded by Phillip Morris USA, opens the doors for "Tobacco is Medicine," a campaign that will push for new regulations forcing health insures to pay for cigarettes as a preventative treatment for Alzheimer's.
Phillip Morris began running public service announcements on TV today showing the toll Alzheimer's takes on senior citizens and encouraging viewers to talk to their doctors about new treatments available.