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Does smoking cigarettes cause brain damage?

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Dr. Michael Fisher
Dermatology 32 years experience
Smoking & The Brain: Research led by scientists in india suggests there is a direct link between smoking and brain damage whereby a compound in tobacco that turns into a cancer-causing chemical once it has been through the body's metabolism, triggers white blood cells in the brain's immune system to attack healthy brain cells.
Dr. Darren Gitelman
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Strokes: Smoking greatly increases the risk of vascular disease including heart attacks and strokes, which can lead to pretty severe brain damage.
Dr. Brian Kaufman
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Also,long term smoking can lead to chronic vasoconstriction and chronic microvascular disease and this can lead to cognitive impairment and dementia over time.
Sep 1, 2012

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