Iowa Caspers Kristin

Scientists have said a hundred times about the terrible harm caused by smoking female body. The skin begins early age, his teeth yellow, and the risk of stroke, even at a young age in smokers increased. Now supporters antinicotine companies have another compelling argument: it turns out, smoking in the long term negative impact on the mental abilities of women. In this male-like effects of cigarettes do not have. Specialist, Department of Psychiatry at the University of Iowa Caspers Kristin and her colleagues assessed the smoking habits and alcohol consumption in 118 men and 169 women with a mean age of 43. Then they rated their cognitive ability, testing memory and mental functions. It turned out that the women who smoked daily for 20 or more cigarettes, gained as a result of far fewer points than their nonsmoking counterparts.

Men have much of a difference between smokers and those who lead a healthier lifestyle, the researchers did not find. Most strongly induced by nicotine, the lack of estrogen may affect the menopause, when estrogen production decreases by the body, mark specialists. "I expected that smoking will have the same effect on both men and women. After all, both men and women in our study had similar modes of smoking. But it is quite possible that (hormone) estrogen makes women more susceptible to the effects of nicotine "- Caspers said. Scientists are not able to compare the brains of the same chain-smoker, as a heavy smoker could quit smoking for the sake of the experiment. However, researchers admit that the causes of inequality in mental functioning smokers of both sexes is not fully understood.