Quit smoking to lower dementia risk

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According to the World Health Organization, 14% of dementia cases worldwide may be caused by smoking. But quitting can help.

In a recent news article from the American Heart Association, Adrienne Johnson, PhD, shared her expertise in helping older adults quit smoking.

Dr. Johnson is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention. She holds a Wisconsin ADRC Developmental Project Award to study the link between cigarette smoking and Alzheimer’s disease as well as how to encourage older adults to quit smoking.

The American Heart Association published "Smoking harms the brain, raises dementia risk — but not if you quit" on its news site on July 6, 2021.

U.S. News & World Report picked up the story and published it online on July 6, 2021.