Smoking is bad for your health. We all know that. This piece of advice has been shared to people for the last many decades.
Smoking on the rise
Despite the repeated warnings of health experts, however, the incidence of smoking continues to rise. In Indonesia alone, the World Health Organization noted that the number of child smokers increased seven times over the last 10 years.
Australian smokers also believe that health experts have exaggerated the negative effects of smoking. While these studies are plenty, one in every four Aussie smokers said the ill effects are overstated.
The good news is that despite this, 90 percent of Aussie smokers believe that smoking causes a wide array of illnesses.
This has not stopped medical experts to continue researching on the ill effects of smoking. The latest study shows that smoking has a negative impact of learning.
Latest studies about smoking
In a study published at the Age and Ageing, smoking appears to contribute to “brain rotting”. Close to 9,000 people over 50 years of age were part of the study. Results showed that smoking can affect one’s memory, reasoning and learning.
Alzheimer’s Research UK Dr. Simon Ridley said studies have repeatedly established that there is a direct link to high blood pressure and smoking. One is also at greater risk of dementia and cognitive decline if one smokes.
A Kings College London research also showed that the ability to be rationale diminishes when one smokes. This is the reason why despite repeated warnings, smokers cannot and do not grasp the idea that smoking is bad for their health.
A Brown University study, meanwhile, claims that smoking has an effect on hangover. Dr. Damaris Rohsenow said people who smoke more the day they had alcohol are more likely to experience intense hangovers compared to those who drank alcohol but did not smoke.
Although the mechanisms are still unclear, Dr. Rohsenow said the direct link between tobacco smoking and hangovers are highly possible. The Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs published the results of the study.
Teen girls who smoke will also feel the ill effect of tobacco products. Cincinatti Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) researchers said that the use of low levels of tobacco products can negatively affect bone accrual among teen girls.
CCHMC Adolescent Medicine Division research head Lorah Dorn said the findings of the study provides another compelling reason why smoking is bad for the health.
A Yale University study, meanwhile, reiterates that smoking during pregnancy has a direct impact on the child. Children born from mothers who smoked while pregnant suffer from low reading scores in school.
The study showed that these children scored an average of 21 points lower compared to others whose mothers did not smoke when they were pregnant.
As the world becomes more health-conscious, expect that more studies would come out to validate and confirm the ill effects of smoking not only to smokers themselves but to the people around them. The writing is on the wall: smoking is bad for the health.