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Smoking and Migraines

Does smoking trigger migraine headaches?

The nicotine present in tobacco can be a potent migraine trigger for some individuals.  In fact, exposure to secondhand smoke is also another cause of migraine attacks. Again this seems to affect women more than men.

The reasons for this could possibly be due to the nicotine in tobacco increasing carbon dioxide, decreasing delivery of vital oxygen to the brain, and actually acting as a direct toxin in certain cases.

Obviously the best way is to kick the habit of smoking and to do that is definitely really difficult but not impossible.  There is a very small percentage of people who are able to kick the smoking habit purely base on will-power and self-determination.  If you are unable to do this, seek professional help to quit smoking.