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Help reduce your risk of developing dementia by stopping smoking

5 July 2022

There is strong evidence that smoking may increase your risk of dementia. Not everyone who smokes will get dementia, but stopping smoking is thought to help reduce the risk down to the level of non-smokers.

The two most common forms of dementia, Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, have been linked to problems with the vascular system (your heart and blood vessels), and it is known that smoking increases the risk of vascular problems. Additionally, toxins in cigarette smoke increase inflammation, which has been linked to developing Alzheimer's disease.An estimated 12,110 adults still smoke in Richmond upon Thames. Quitting can be a difficult task – but it is never too late to quit smoking and you are four times more likely to stop smoking for good if you use a local Stop Smoking Service.The Stop Smoking Service offers free, confidential, face-to-face and/or telephone advice and support from specialist advisers, as well as stop smoking materials and medication such as Nicotine Replacement Therapy. Visit the stop smoking webpage or contact the service on stopsmokingteam@richmond.gov.uk or 0800 011 4558.

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Updated: 14 September 2022

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