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Strokes are more likely to occur if you smoke, the director of external affairs at Stroke Association has said, as Public Health England launches a new stop-smoking campaign to highlight the unseen harms on smokers' bodies.
Joe Korner added: "Stroke is a major cause of death and adult disability in the UK and you are twice as likely to have a stroke if you smoke. The more you smoke, the more your risk increases."
Accelerated decline in cognitive reasoning and memory is more advanced in smokers, according to researchers and University College London (UCL).
Dr Gareth Hagger-Johnson, research associate at UCL, said:
Smokers double the risk of dying from a stroke, researchers have found. The warning comes as public health authorities begin a new campaign highlighting the harms of smoking to the brain.Professor Kevin Fenton, director of health and well-being for Public Health England, said:
Smokers should be aware of the potential damage done to the brain and other vital organs through toxins in cigarettes entering the blood, England's chief medical officer said, as Public Health England launches a new stop-smoking campaign. Professor Dame Sally Davies added:
A new stop-smoking campaign has been launched by Public Health England to highlight the damage done to smokers' bodies.
The Smokefree Health Harms campaign points out that inhaling dangerous chemicals in cigarettes, including arsenic and cyanide, damages major organs and increases the risk of stroke and dementia.
The chemicals move through the heart, the lungs and into the bloodstream, finally damaging cells in the brain.