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Smokers are 45% more likely to develop dementia

By Ella Pickover

Smokers have a 45% higher risk of developing dementia than non-smokers, experts have said.

And the more a person smokes, the higher the risk, according to a new report from World Health Organization (WHO) in collaboration with Alzheimer's Disease International.

Even passive smoking could increase the risk, the publication states.

It also highlights that 14% of Alzheimer's disease cases are potentially attributable to smoking, the authors said.

Dr Shekhar Saxena, director of the Department for Mental Health and Substance Abuse at the WHO, said: "Since there is currently no cure for dementia, public health interventions need to focus on prevention by changing modifiable risk factors like smoking.

"This research shows that a decrease in smoking now is likely to result in a substantial decrease in the burden of dementia in the years to come."

Serge Gauthier, chair of Alzheimer's Disease International's medical scientific advisory panel, welcomed the findings.

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