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.
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