The study by a team at Northumbria University shows that smokers lose more memory than non-smokers.
The study also found that those who break the habit have the ability to remember information back to a level similar to nonsmokers.
The study involved more than seventy people aged 18 to 25 years and includes a tour of the university’s campus.
Those who took part in the study were asked to remember the small details, such as musical performances that will be played at the student union and the tasks have been completed at various points. The procedure is known as a memory test of the real world.
Smokers produce bad performance, considering only 59 percent of the task. Those who have quit smoking remembered 74 percent and those who have never smoked recalled 81 percent of the task.
Dr Tom Heffernan, who led the research, said the findings would be useful in anti-smoking campaign. “Given that there are up to 10 million smokers in the UK and 45 million in the United States, it is important to understand the effects of smoking on cognitive function everyday.”
“This is the first time a study conducted to determine whether smoking cessation has an impact on memory. We already know that quitting smoking has major health benefits for the body, but the study also shows how to quit smoking can have huge benefits for cognitive function.”
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