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    Smoking is 'good for your memory and concentration'

    Smoking is 'good for your memory and concentration'

    Smoking can aid concentration and the memory, offering hope of a nicotine pill to help Alzheimer's sufferers

    Smoking can help boost memory and concentration, say scientists. The discovery offers hope of a nicotine pill that mimics these effects to treat Alzheimer's disease.

    Experts are developing drugs that copy the active ingredients in tobacco that stimulate the brain without causing heart disease, cancer, stroke or addiction.

    The move follows the discovery that nicotine can boost the intelligence and recall ability of animals in laboratory experiments.

    The researchers, who present their latest findings at a brain conference today, hope that the new drugs, which will be available in five years, could have fewer side effects than existing medicines for dementia.

    But they stress the new treatment would not be a cure for Alzheimer's disease. At best it will only give patients a few extra months of independent life.

    Tobacco has long been known to have a stimulating effect on the brain. Victorian doctors recommended smoking as a means of sharpening the wits and boosting concentration.

    However, the deadly side effects of cancer, stroke and heart disease, mean its benefits have been neglected by medical research.

    Professor Ian Stoleman, from the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, has shown that nicotine can improve the performance of rats in an intelligence and memory test.

    "The substances that we call drugs have, in the majority of cases, do have a mixture of beneficial and harmful effects and nicotine no exception to this," he said.

    "When we started this work 10 years ago we didn't think that we would find beneficial effects on cognitive performance on normal subjects.

    "But we were able to find an effect in the sense of the acute administration

    i smoke i leave the PC , to go get something in the kitchen. half way there i have to stop and try to remember what i was going for. i guess thats were the consentration part comes in.
    oh well


      a non-addictive nicotine pill? I'll believe it when I see it!