Smoking May Affect Memory

Smoking May Affect Memory

People who smoke during mid-life may be more likely than non-smokers to have a poor memory. Researchers analyzed the smoking habits and memory and cognitive test results of over 5,000 civil servants in London, England, aged 35 to 55. Those who were smokers had a higher risk of death than those who never smoked. In addition, current smokers were more likely to have memory deficiencies than non-smokers, even age-adjusted for sex, socioeconomic status, or other health behaviors. Those who were ex-smokers were also 30% less likely than current smokers to have vocabulary and language score problems.

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