Smoking Makes You Stupid Too (If it Doesn’t Kill You First)

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The dangers of smoking are almost too numerous to list anymore.

But apparently you can add late-onset stupidity to the tally.

A new British study suggests wheezy, rusty-toothed smokers over the age of 50 tend to exhibit a faster-than-normal decline in cognitive abilities.

This is kind of a no-brainer (pun intended but somewhat regretted). Smoking deteriorates the body, and the brain is part of the body. Badda-bing: smoking affects the brain. Note: the scientists behind the study didn’t summarize their conclusions with the term “badda-bing,” but perhaps they should have.

There’s also some evidence, incidentally, that smokers on average aren’t the sharpest knives in the drawer to begin with. And another study showed a typical male smoker’s brain functions with roughly the same acuity as that of a non-smoker 10 years his senior.

To summarize, the bad news: smoking can accelerate the inevitable decline in brain function associated with getting older.

The (sort of) good news: smoking drastically decreases your chances of getting older.

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