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New stop-smoking campaign to show chemicals damage

A new stop-smoking campaign has been launched by Public Health England to highlight the damage done to smokers' bodies.

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Memory declines 38% faster in persistent male smokers

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:

[One] of our studies at UCL show [decline] to be nearly 38% faster in persistent male smokers compared to non-smokers.

The decline in the brain's cognitive powers is naturally seen with ageing but there are a number of identifiable risk factors, including smoking and heavy alcohol consumption, which can be associated with an accelerated rate of decline.

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