Secondhand Smoke / Passive Smoking and Dementia Risk (Occupational and Environmental Medicine / NHS Choices)


The NHS Choices “Behind the Headlines” service has released a further critical appraisal concerning an investigation into smoking-related health risks and dementia.

The cohort study in question investigated the possible relationship between environmental tobacco smoke (ETS) and the later risks of developing dementia syndromes. It concluded that ETS may be considered an important risk factor for severe dementia syndromes and that the avoidance of ETS could reduce the prevalence of severe dementia syndromes. Individuals in this study of 5,921 Chinese people who reported previous exposure to secondhand smoke had a 29% increased risk of developing a severe dementia syndrome compared to individuals with no such passive smoking exposure.

Full Text Link (a)


Secondhand smoke linked to dementia. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, January 11th 2013.

This relates to:

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Chen, R. Wilson, K. [and] Chen, Y. [et al] (2012). Association between environmental tobacco smoke exposure and dementia syndromes. Occupational and Environmental Medicine. October 26th 2012, Vol.70(1), pp.63-9. (Click here to view the PubMed abstract).

[A version of this item features in Dementia: the Latest Evidence, Volume 3 Issue 6, February 2013].

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