Smoking can double the risk of dementia, and campaigners are warning the number suffering from the condition will treble within a generation.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland and Ash Ireland warned that while diseases such as cancer, stroke, and heart disease are well documented, not many are aware of the direct links between tobacco and the raised incidence of dementia.
The Alzheimer Society said research shows that smokers have a 50% greater chance of developing dementia than those who have never smoked, but this decreases substantially upon stopping smoking.
The World Health Organisation estimates that 14% of cases of Alzheimer’s disease worldwide are potentially attributable to smoking.
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