Skip to comments.Secondhand Smoke Linked to Memory Problems
Posted on 09/16/2012 6:48:40 PM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
FRIDAY, Sept. 14 (HealthDay News) Regular exposure to secondhand smoke has a negative effect on brain function, according to a new British study that found people who live with or spend a significant amount of time with a smoker are damaging their memories.
According to recent reports by the World Health Organization, exposure to secondhand smoke can have serious consequences on the health of people who have never smoked themselves, but who are exposed to other peoples tobacco smoke, Dr. Tom Heffernan, a researcher at the Collaboration for Drug and Alcohol Research Group at Northumbria University, said in a university news release. Our findings suggest that the deficits associated with secondhand smoke exposure extend to everyday cognitive function.
The researchers compared a group of smokers with two groups of nonsmokers. Participants in one nonsmoking group were exposed to secondhand smoke either at home or in a smoking area for an average of 25 hours a week for an average 4.5 years. Those in the other nonsmoking group were not routinely exposed to secondhand smoke.
Study participants from all three groups took a time-based memory test, which required them to perform a task after a set period of time. The also had to recall planned activities in an event-based memory test, which focuses on memory for future intentions.
Nonsmokers who were exposed to secondhand smoke forgot almost 20 percent more in the memory tests than the other nonsmoking group did, the study revealed.
Smokers performed the worst of all on the memory tests. They forgot 30 percent more than those who were not exposed to secondhand smoke.
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Nanny State PING!
Just make all forms of tobacco illegal and be done with it.
“Second hand smoke linked to Hemorrhoids”
Some ones blowing smoke up our ***
On the upside, imagine all the extra shelving space at gas stations!
And in other news..”Age Related To Memory Lapses”.
More room for bath salts!
Good thing I am the only person in my house who smokes. No second-hand smoke for me, no sir.
I told my stepdaughter that only brussel sprouts will soon be the only thing legal. She is calling for the revolution to start.
since the single biggest factor,
giving lower risk of Alzheimer’s,
(plus, while i don’t smoke,
most of the people i know who do smoke,
have much much better memories
than those who don’t...)
This is bullshit. My dad smoked and I don’t have a problem remembering that... I, uh... no, wait - never mind...
Wait until they test the second hand smoke from marijuana! Talk about a short term loss of long term memory!
I think that memory (aside from obvious dememtia) is under the control of the will. People remember what it’s important to them to remember. For example, my mother kept telling me my father had Alzheimer’s Disease, because he had this and that problem with memory, and I would say, “Yeah, so what? My husband is just like that.”
(For the record, yes, my father has Alzheimer’s, and yes, my husband has “outsourced” his memory, along with a lot of his other competencies, because he can.)
I would think alcohol affects memory more than second hand smoke.
Ban large sodas but not tobacco or alcohol because government makes too much money off them.
This article is stupid.
Many studies have verified that smoking inhibits the onset of Alzheimers, and that Niacinamide, AKA Nicotinamide, also actually rolls back Alzheimers.
Second hand smoke just soils the walls.
Baloney. Or it’s just fine hair splitting.
Kind of like global warming, the libs created a funding spigot with a hard push across many boards to find “evidence” of climate change or to link everything and anything to gwarming. Same with the war on tobacco. Disclaimer is that I don’t smoke, but in many places now, even in your own apartment or yard, the libs would ban your right to have friends over that smoke.
More brainwashing for the sheep in the war on tobacco. Yesterday it stopped Alzheimer’s, today it causes it.. lol
Cant get those “pesky smokers” to quit, well we will just make up some social issue to force them to lol and the people just lap this junk science up.
Have you considered another option? That people who implicitly believe whatever the government says are not that bright, and have a limited number of available synapses going into the game?
Thanks for the ping!
I knew it! 50 years ago, my parents who smoked had parties at the house and often it would cause a lot of thick cigarette smoke. Now I can’t find my damn car keys?
This is weird. All this time I’ve been blaming it on our public schools, colleges and universities.
Because they can, rofl. That describes 90% of male minds.
I know my hubby messes up everything I ask him to do, so that I will never ask him to do that again, which also falls into the BECAUSE THEY CAN and will.
I can’t remember any secondhand smoke.
Never be too quick to get a divorce. You may need your spouse to help you finish your sentences someday.
Only smoke Pot,They will leave you the hell alone.Kinda the message for our kids.
> Secondhand Smoke Linked to Memory Problems
Some of the finest minds that have ever graces the world worked in smoke filled offices and rooms.
Tesla smoked cigarettes and Einstein smoked a pipe.
I was going to post a snappy retort but I forgot what I was going to say.
I was going to tell you about the first time I was in a room when someone was smoking but I don’t recall Senator.
The above is as lame as the article.
maybe it was a cigar?
You made me laugh. Bill Cosby had a whole comedy routine based on how men get out of work by pretending to be incompetent. His wife is sick and tells Bill to get out of bed and make breakfast for his children, and he gives them all chocolate cake arguing how it’s nutritious because it has milk and wheat and eggs in it... she beats him severely and goes to make breakfast for the kids herself, and he goes back to bed...”which is where I wanted to be in the first place”...LOL
Spent the weekend in tobacco country. The rain shut them down today, but yesterday there were picking, hauling and hanging it in the dryers.
You think this is bad? Wait until the campaign against third hand smoke begins.
I've never heard that before!
And every time I reach into my dryer for that lost sock I only find my car keys!
Someone is playing a cruel game!
I've never heard that before!
I'm not sure whether I have or not.
Hold on a second, I need to put a ciggie out burning away in the ashtray.
Oh, yeah, no, I'm pretty sure I've never heard it before.
“You think this is bad? Wait until the campaign against third hand smoke begins.”
My grandpa, who chews tobacco occasionally, says, “as long as they don’t ban second hand spit, he will be alright”.
These anti-tobacco people are nuts!
BTW, practically every writer of the 20th century smoked, and they did so precisely because it made the synapses fire faster. Stephen King and Joe Eszterhaus have even said this specifically. They don't smoke anymore, but they admit that they don't write as quickly without smoking.
I was going to post something but forgot what it was.
Yep, at the time global warning first gained traction, the EPA distinguished itself by opening up a new era in politicized science: the laboratory push poll.
They're also broken new ground in the "materialist magician" front (with a hat tip to C.S. Lewis.) Remember the stories of the medicine man who claimed that his taboo would cause heart attacks if it were looked into closely? [As it turns out, it is possible to induce heart attacks by scaring people deeply with a taboo.] More modern ostensibly-religious charlatans have done the old medicine man one better by making the dark drum-enhanced warnings unfalsifiable. Instead of the dark forces striking down the miscreants who buck the taboo with heart attacks, those who are brave enough to enquire more closely fall into the dark side! They're now evil! Evilly evil!
Of course, this line has already been seen through thanks to the rout of the old-style Puritans. And, of course, atheists are deeply uncomfortable with the conclusion that a political Puritan with a well-read copy of Dawkins and a science degree is still a political Puritan. Or, it might be as simple as that type in the self-advertised "helping professions" being uncomfortable with being the neighbourhood finger pointer.
What comes to the rescue? Marxism, whether genuine (if watered) or ersatz. No, it isn't the skeptics that are evil-evil. It's the purveyors of associated products that are evilly evil! I'm sure you know how the rest goes: just add hostility to monetary transactions (except for their own, of course) and away it goes. Oddly, this narrative of typically well-paid politicized scientists depends upon them striking a pose as ascetic monks who live on bread and water. Their own funding - typically from government, which gives them an obvious incentive to blithely assume that "more government = more better" - is hardly questioned. Playing the pious monk has worked well for them, a strange irony given that they are typically Darwinists and statistics-as-metaphysics atheists.
Nevertheless, the fix in in for them. Anyone who seriously questions the design of this experiment is going to be credibly labelled as being "in the pay of the tobacco companies." The truth of that claim is irrelevent to them, as is noting that it relies on the genetic fallacy, because it's a point of dogma. Any real scientist who's pesky enough to look for any push-poll element in the experiment's design is going to have to ignore that dogma, to treat its expression as mere cavilling.
I can very easily "prove" that second-hand smoke is as harmful as chain-smoking. All I have to do is dump enough tobacco smoke - direct from the cigarettes - into the smoke room to make the density equal to the density of the smoke inhaled by a regular smoker. I could also "prove" that a powerful stereo system is "unsafe" to the ears by jacking up the volume to a level hardly anyone uses and stick the measuring microphone an inch away from the speaker. In a nutshell, that's how you push poll in politicized science. In concept, it's as easy as rigging up a fake 'miracle' for the local peasantry.
As for second-hand smoke specifically, diddling the findings is pretty easy. Most second-hand smoke gets distributed through the lungs of first-hand smokers, not from the cigarettes themselves. Guess what happens to the smoke while it passes through the lungs of the first-hand smoker? It gets diluted, doesn't it? To assume that second-hand smoke from smokers' lungs is equal to second-hand smoke directly from the cigarette is to assume that the smoke goes in the lungs and out of the lungs as if it went in and out of a beaker. In other words, it is to assume that smoking has no effect on the first-hand smoker except for temporary contact of the smoke with the smoker's lungs. If that opinion were true, there wouldn't be any nicotine rush from smoking a cigarette because the nicotine wouldn't have gotten into the bloodstream.
So, the easy way to push-poll a second-hand-smoke study is to use second-hand smoke directly from a burning tobacco source. Another way, now thankfully discredited, is to use the inch-from-the-speaker trick. And, of course, there's more general density-diddling.
As for this particular study, I actually had no problem with its conclusions re. first-hand smoke. And, to their credit, the authors were careful enough to look over first-hand smokers as well. They thus avoided the obvious way for a layman to catch out a push-poll politicized scientist in this area: looking for 'findings' about second-hand smoke that contradict what's known about first-hand smoke.
I stuck to second-hand smoke because it's the subject of this thread. I haven't gone into more arcane tricks like widening (the statistical) confidence intervals because I don't know how they work. I'll have to leave exposure of those tricks to people more knowledgable than I. But, as I indicated above, those push-poll tricks are in no way confined to second-hand-smoke. Remember that point about adulterated/ersatz Marxism? That's the beacon light guiding you to where standards may be compromised. "Hide the decline" lives.
Anyone remember images of NASA Mission control in the 60s and 70s?
Now there was a room full of dummies wasn’t there? lol
Hmmm, I forgot if I read this.
His reasoning makes perfect sense to me, lol. Chocolate cake is a great breakfast, add a few potato chips with it, yum, yum.
“Daddy MADE us eat this!” :)
My teenagers are like that.
So funny. I think that was the funniest skit ever. Eat Cake!!!!
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