freephone 0800 862 0373
Sign in to view your quotes
Email address:
Password or PIN:

Forgotten your password? Reset it here.

Smoking is bad for the male brain

Published on 08/02/2012

A new study has shown that men who smoke suffer a faster cognitive decline than their non-smoking counterparts, suggesting that lighting up is bad for the brain.

Male smokers suffer faster cognitive decline

Researchers at University College London analysed data on 5,099 men and 2,137 women, all of whom participated in the Whitehall II study.

Participants were around 56 years of age at the start of the study, and underwent three cognitive assessments over a 10 year period. They also provided information on their smoking status over 25 years.

The researchers found that male smokers tended to show more rapid cognitive decline than non-smokers. Men who smoked throughout the follow-up period experienced a greater degree of cognitive decline at each of the assessments.

Whilst men who gave up smoking during the 10 years before the first cognitive test were still at risk, those who had given up a long time ago did not show faster cognitive decline.

However, a similar link was not revealed between smoking and mental decline in female smokers.

Writing in the archives of General Psychiatry Journal online, lead author Severine Sabia of University College London said: "While we were aware that smoking is a risk factor for lung diseases, cancer, and cardiovascular disease, this study shows also its detrimental effect on cognitive ageing. This detrimental effect is evident as soon as (age) 45."

"Intermittent smokers showed the same cognitive decline as persistent smokers, showing the importance of definitive smoking cessation."

People with private medical insurance are rewarded by some insurers for giving up smoking- PruHealth customers will be given a discount on stop-smoking sessions. Compare health insurance now to kick-start your healthy lifestyle.

© ActiveQuote Ltd. 2012

Categories:  Health
Smoking is bad for the male brainA new study has shown that men who smoke suffer a faster cognitive decline than their non-smoking counterparts, suggesting that lighting up     tweet it on twittershare with your friends on Facebookshare with your friends on MySpaceBlog it on your LinkedIn profile

No.1 health insurance broker as rated by customers

I found the quality of service to be very helpful, and pretty much above my expectation. I'd recommend anyone to use ActiveQuote.

Review centre member

Very helpful and polite and always try their best to obtain the best quotes. Have been using them for the last 3 years and will continue to use them in the future.

Review centre member

A great service from the initial call, to finalising the agreement. I would highly recommend to my family and friends.

Review centre member

Proactive, efficient, and offered me insurance I need. I would say half price I would end up paying if I did it by myself. Many thanks.

Review centre member

Excellent service. Explained everything in detail and really helped to find the right insurance best suited to my needs - which wasn't necessarily the most expensive. 

Review centre member

Good value and the advisor was very helpful and recommended the best policy for my grandson. I would definitely use this service again and recommend to others.

Review centre member

We were contacted in good time to make a knowledgable choice. We were given plenty of options with lots of information to enable us to make the right choice.

Review centre member

The service I received was excellent, the staff member was very efficient and knowledgable. She went out of her way to get the best policy for me.

Review centre member

Great service. I really appreciated the help provided by Active Quote to arrange health insurance. The agent was very informative and proactive. Many thanks!

Review centre member

I received excellent care and attention from the first phone call till the last. Friendly, efficient and patient.

Review centre member
This site is operated by Insurance Broker ActiveQuote Ltd registered in England & Wales company number 6765845.
Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Firm reference number 501109 as detailed on the Financial Services Register. Please read our Key Facts document.
For information about your rights as a consumer visit Citizens Advice.

Our insurance comparison service is free and easy for you to use, but you are responsible for making sure all your information is entered correctly, and for choosing your insurer.

This site uses cookies in order to work correctly - these are not harmful and do not contain personal information. By using this site you consent to this. I understand  Tell me more

please wait ...