Smoking and Dementia

Dementia is a very serious disease that is characterised by symptoms that generally include memory loss, difficulties with thinking, problem solving or language.  The most common causes of dementia are neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, frontotemporal dementia and dementia with lewy bodies. These diseases cause the brain cells to degenerate and die faster than in the normal ageing process.  Dementia mainly occurs in older people who are aged 65 or over and is thought to be a consequence between genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors. One of the main lifestyle factors that can influence dementia is smoking, as recent studies have shown.

Vascular dementia is the most common type of dementia that can be caused by smoking. This is caused by reduced blood supply to the brain due to diseased blood vessels and may occur after a stroke. Studies have already shown that smokers are more at risk of having a stroke than non-smokers.

There is strong evidence to show that smoking increases the risk of developing dementia in several ways.  As smoking increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and stroke, these are underlying risk factors of dementia.  Smoking also accelerates the build up of fatty substances, leading to the narrowing of blood vessels in the heart and brain which can deprive the brain of oxygen.

Research has shown that smokers have a 50% greater chance of developing dementia than those who have never smoked.  Stopping smoking at any age is beneficial to your health and the younger a person stops, the greater the health benefits in terms of life gained.  Stopping smoking in middle age can reduce the risk of onset dementia and also comes with more immediate health benefits such as reduced blood pressure and improved lung function.  

As recent studies from the NHS and Public Health England have shown, e-cigarettes or ‘vaping’ is one of the most effective ways to stop smoking as it is at least 95% less harmful than traditional cigarettes according to Public Health England. We also know that stopping smoking can reduce the risk of dementia and other health issues.

So, why not head on down to your friendly neighbourhood VPZ store today and speak to our vaping experts so they can find the right products for you to start your journey in becoming smoke free? It’s your choice to make the switch!