Brain-melt with every puff?

Smoking messes up your brain's cognitive skills: Sure it's funny now, but see if you can remember to laugh about it in your 50s, pal.
Smoking messes up your brain's cognitive skills: Sure it's funny now, but see if you can remember to laugh about it in your 50s, pal.Courtesy jaduarte
I don’t know why this should surprise anyone, but a study coming from King’s College in London suggests that smoking not only adversely affects your physical health but also damages your mental health, reducing your brain’s capacity to learn, reason, and remember.

The study was published in the journal Age and Aging and involved lifestyle data gathered from 8,800 people over 50 years of age. The study was looking for links between the likelihood of stroke or heart attack, and the condition of the brain. Four years after the initial data was collected, participants were examined again, and given brain tests, such as naming as many animals as they could in a minute’s time, or learning new words. The same tests were administered again eight years later.

Not only did participants with high-risk physical conditions such as obesity or high blood pressure fair poorly in the cognitive tests, but those who smoked had a “consistent association” with lower scores as well.

"We have identified a number of risk factors which could be associated with accelerated cognitive decline, all of which, could be modifiable," said Dr. Alex Dregan, one of the researchers involved. "We need to make people aware of the need to do some lifestyle changes because of the risk of cognitive decline."

BBC story
Heavy smoking and dementia

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

claire bouis's picture
claire bouis says:

Yet another reason to quit today!

posted on Wed, 01/16/2013 - 3:22pm
directioner's picture
directioner says:

yeah to quit smmoking is a good reason but y do u pick one up if u know that it is bad for u?

posted on Sat, 10/05/2013 - 1:51pm
Ashlynn 's picture
Ashlynn says:

my papa smokes and he has cancer. He had a hard timne breathing and he hacks all the time.people need to stop smoking. I wish i could help. so, PEOPLE STOP SMOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Sat, 04/13/2013 - 1:42pm
amazing kristin  's picture
amazing kristin says:

U should really stop smoking my aunt and uncle smoke to but they use esigs. I wish i could help. so PEOPLE STOP SMOKING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-) (-:

posted on Sun, 04/21/2013 - 2:38pm
Lisa Humpback's picture
Lisa Humpback says:

Smoking really is a HORIBBLE and not wise thing to do. You won`t get nearly much time to live if you smoke because smoking blackens your lungs and you could lose your voice, or have cancer, or something you would not like to have. You could lose half of your lifetime.

posted on Wed, 05/15/2013 - 1:43pm
Calvin's picture
Calvin says:

People please stop smoking someone in my family died by cancer.

posted on Fri, 07/19/2013 - 11:42am
jacob's picture
jacob says:

my grandpa stop smoking and it saved its life

posted on Tue, 08/06/2013 - 1:44pm
Jeremiah Spencer's picture
Jeremiah Spencer says:

I wish everybody would stop smoking. Not only does it stinks, it's killing us all!

posted on Wed, 08/21/2013 - 1:43pm
alice's picture
alice says:

stop smoking or your skin will gt bad and you'll get more lines in your face, plusyou'll get sick

posted on Sun, 09/01/2013 - 1:02pm
KAD's picture
KAD says:

I'll never ever smoke. I have two little sisters ages eight and thirteen months ( and I'm ten in a half) and we never ever fight so we created a "Don't do bad things club" and smoking is on the list of bad things along with alcohol, drugs, stealing, commiting crimes, and physically hurting someone. Me and my eight year old sister created the list because our baby sister can't write yet. Don't smoke people!!!!

posted on Fri, 09/06/2013 - 1:25pm
Aardvark 's picture
Aardvark says:

I never smoke people.

posted on Sat, 11/02/2013 - 2:07pm
latasha's picture
latasha says:

the real anser is that people have more responsabilities.

posted on Thu, 10/31/2013 - 8:55am
Natasha 's picture
Natasha says:

Now I really hate smoking!

posted on Sat, 11/16/2013 - 11:40am
Paul and Sarah's picture
Paul and Sarah says:

Just say no to smoking! Walk three miles a day and all your stress will fade away!

posted on Fri, 11/29/2013 - 11:34am
tatum greenhill's picture
tatum greenhill says:

my mom smokes everyday and im not gonna be suprised if she gets lung cancer. ofcorce ill be sad but she needs to to stop for her own good.....!!!! by the way i put the #imboss on the ratings

posted on Sat, 11/30/2013 - 3:37pm
morgan +  halana 's picture
morgan + halana says:

smoking is really bad for your system and you lose 5 minutes of your life for every cigarette you smoke

posted on Sat, 01/04/2014 - 4:00pm
mystery  's picture
mystery says:

i really do agree with all of this. nobody should be smoking. its bad for your health. i dont know why anyone would want to do this.

posted on Fri, 01/10/2014 - 9:42am
Timber's picture
Timber says:

Why would anybody even try smoking

posted on Sat, 01/11/2014 - 4:17pm
coolguy's picture
coolguy says:

my grandad died of smoking who would to smoking

posted on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 10:11am
brennan's picture
brennan says:

i am glad none of the people in my family smoke but i hope nobody starts

posted on Sun, 03/23/2014 - 12:22pm

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