The effects of smoking on cognition

The effects of smoking on cognition The effects of smoking on cognition You stubbed the Wills and took up the Paan Parag habit instead. Before you start feeling smug, get a load of this: All forms of tobacco can cause heart attack. It hardly matters whether you smoke cigarettes, cigars, a pipe, or bidis, or chew tobacco. Any tobacco use at least doubles the risk, and in some cases quadrupled it, according to a Canadian study in the Lancet.

In related news, Scottish researchers measured the effects of smoking on cognition — and it doesn’t look good for nicotine addicts. The study compared how well a group of people scored on IQ tests at ages 11 and 64, and revealed that lifelong smokers have a small but significant drop in ability, even if education and economic factors are taken into account.
Which makes you ask: Do you have to be dumb to smoke, or does smoking make you dumb?

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