Smoking Causes Brain Damage

In National News on October 9, 2009 at 8:47 am

Fact for Life #260: Research suggests there is a direct link between smoking and brain damage. NNK, a compound in tobacco, changes to a cancer-causing chemical once it has been metabolized, triggering white blood cells in the brain’s immune system to attack healthy brain cells.

Source: Ghosh, D et al. Tobacco carcinogen induces microglial activation and subsequent neuronal damage. Journal of Neurochemistry 2009, 110(3); 1070-1081.

“Facts for Life,” which provides statistics on the toll of tobacco on Hoosiers and the State of Indiana, is presented by Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation. For more information on Indiana Tobacco Prevention and Cessation, visit,, or


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