A Sign of Below Average IQ

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The average IQ for the
population is 100.

Smoking is a sign of below
average IQ, research finds.
The average IQ for young male
non-smokers is 101– a score of 100 is the average for the population.
However, smokers’ IQ was a
full 7 points lower at an average of 94.
Those who smoked more than a
pack a day had IQs around 90.
Professor Mark Weiser, the
study’s first author, said:
“In the health profession,
we’ve generally thought that smokers are most likely the kind of people to have
grown up in difficult neighborhoods, or who’ve been given less education at
good schools. 
But because our study included
subjects with diverse socio-economic backgrounds, we’ve been able to rule out
socio-economics as a major factor. 
The government might want to
rethink how it allocates its educational resources on smoking.”
The results come from a study
of over 20,000 men before and after their time in the Israeli military.
Researchers found that 28%
smoked one or more cigarettes per day, while 68% never smoked — the remainder
were ex-smokers.
Professor Weiser said:
“People on the lower end of
the average IQ tend to display poorer overall decision-making skills when it
comes to their health. 
Schoolchildren who have been
found to have a lower IQ can be considered at risk to begin the habit, and can
be targeted with special education and therapy to prevent them from starting or
to break the habit after it sets in.”
Similarly poor nutrition,
problems with narcotics and obesity are also linked to low IQ, Professor Weiser
“People with lower IQs are not
only prone to addictions such as smoking. 
These same people are more
likely to have obesity, nutrition and narcotics issues. 
Our study adds to the evidence
of this growing body of research, and it may help parents and health
professionals help at-risk young people make better choices.”
The study was published in the
journal Addiction (Weiser et al., 2010).

Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.