Try as I might, I just cannot discover who is supposedly quoted here :
Smoking “rots” the brain by damaging memory, learning and reasoning, according to researchers at King’s College London.
A study of 8,800 people over 50 showed high blood pressure and being overweight also seemed to affect the brain, but to a lesser extent.
Scientists involved said people needed to be aware that lifestyles could damage the mind as well as the body.
The full study has no mention of such a quote and neither has the King’s College press release about the research paper. Every search result you look at comes back to the BBC “rots” quote and even looking to the usual useful idiots draws a blank as well.
I can only surmise that whoever wrote the BBC article (completely unattributed) added the rot themselves although there seems to be plenty of that going around these days at our beloved state broadcaster!
Interestingly, the NHS draws exactly the same conclusion which comes as something of a surprise to me :
Smoking “rots the brain” the BBC reported today, while the Daily Mail said ‘smoking doesn’t just age your lungs, it damages your brain too’.
The BBC’s report was fair, although its claim that smoking “rots” the brain is perhaps a little colourful as the researchers did not assess whether any physical damage to the brain had occurred.
And to think we are forced to pay for this rubbish.