They say that smoking is one of the leading causes of statistics. Can’t argue with that. And now there are some new numbers to add to that already overflowing mountain.
I’m talking about your IQ.
According to research coming out of Sheba Medical Center in Israel, smokers have lower IQ’s than non-smokers. Not only that… the more a person smokes, the lower his IQ.
Study finds heavy smokers have lower IQ’s
The study published in the journal Addiction concluded that smokers who smoked a pack or more of cigarettes a day have, on average, IQ scores of 7.5 points lower than non-smokers.
Researchers looked at the smoking habits of over 20,200, 18-year-old male Israeli military recruits. They found that the smokers had significantly lower IQ scores. The average IQ for the non-smokers was 101. Smokers who had started smoking prior to entering the military averaged 94.
Not only that. A deeper look at the data shows that as the number of cigarettes being smoked went up the IQ went down. Smokers who smoked one to five cigarettes a day averaged around a 98 IQ. That number dropped to 90 for smokers who puffed away on more than a pack a day.
While chief researcher for the study Mark Weiser points out that the study doesn’t necessarily prove that smoking makes people less intelligent, I’d say the writing is on the burning butts.
Why chance it? This is just one more GREAT reason, to add to the mountain of reasons, to quit.
Heal and support your respiratory system while you quit smoking
HealthierTalk.com contributor Jon Barron offers these practical tips on healing your respiratory system while you quit smoking, and keeping it healthy afterward:
- Consider investing in a high-quality air filtration system. Check out the Guide to Aircleaners in the Home by the Environmental Protection Agency for some practical advice on choosing the right system for you.
- Supplement with a good proteolytic enzyme formula to help thin mucous, reduce inflammation in the lungs, and reduce the chances of embolisms in your lungs.
- An herbal tea of mullein, uva ursi, and coltsfoot can be very healing/soothing for the lungs. You can buy the loose tea leaves online or in your local health food store. Mix two parts mullein, to one part each of uva ursi and coltsfoot leaves. Put one teaspoon of the mixture in a tea ball. Add a cup of boiling water and let steep for ten minutes. Drink two to four cups a day for 30-90 days, or as long as needed.
- A syrup made from elecampane root can be very tonic for the respiratory system. It has a warming effect on the lungs and it works as an effective, but mild expectorant, gently stimulating the coughing up and clearing of mucus from the chest.
- Consider incorporating nasal irrigation (a technique of rinsing both nostrils out with a solution using a Neti Pot or squeeze bottle) into your daily routine to optimize the flow of air through your nasal passages.
- Practice breathing exercises like alternate nostril breathing and yoga breathing to optimize the efficiency of your lung tissue.
Don’t risk a lower IQ. Quit smoking now and stay smoke-free… no ifs, ands, or butts.
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