A new study has found that smoking is bad for the brain, especially men.

Here’s the perfect reason for men to kick the butt – smoking makes men stupid, according to researchers.

A new study, published in the archives of General Psychiatry journal’s online edition, has found that smoking is bad for the brain, especially for male smokers, who tend to have a more rapid mental decline than men who do not smoke.

But the study has not revealed a similar link between smoking and mental decline in female smokers.

“While we were aware that smoking is a risk factor for lung diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, this study shows also its detrimental effect on cognitive ageing. This detrimental effect is evident as soon as (age) 45,” said lead author Severine Sabia of University College London.

And it’s not just the packa-day crowd that needs to worry. The so-called social smokers also put their brains at risk whenever they light up, the study claims.

“Intermittent smokers showed the same cognitive decline as persistent smokers, showing the importance of definitive smoking cessation,” Sabia was quoted by the media as saying.

The researchers analysed data from nearly 6,000 men and more than 2,100 women who were British civil servants.

Via Times of India


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