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Smoking May Be Especially Tough on Men's Brains (HealthDay)

By Robert Preidt, HealthDay 

Smoking may adversely affect the thinking abilities of men more than women, according to a study. Dr. Marc Gordon, Chief of Neurology, Zucker Hillside Hospital and physician at Cushing Neuroscience Institute, discusses this significant finding.

MONDAY, Feb. 6 (HealthDay News) -- Smoking appears to speed declines in memory, thinking, learning and processing information in men, but not in women, new research suggests.

One expert said the findings are just one more reason to quit the habit.

"This study underscores that smoking is bad for your brain, and that mid-life smoking is a modifiable risk factor with an effect size roughly equivalent to 10 years of aging on the rate of [mental] decline," said Dr. Marc Gordon, chief of neurology at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, N.Y. He was not involved with the research.

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