Vaping would have harmful consequences for the brain, especially that of young people. The inhaled smoke would disturb memory and cloud judgment.
Cigarettes are harmful to your health, and it has been scientifically proven time and time again. Electronic cigarettes are also not great, either. Studies have shown disastrous consequences at the pulmonary and cardiovascular level and even offered an association between vaping and mental retardation in animals.
The studies analyzed 18,000+ responses from middle and high school students to the National Youth Tobacco Survey and 886,000+entries from US adults to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System telephone survey. The questions concerned smoking and vaping habits and problems with memory, attention and mental acuity.
People who smoke/drink more than they are supposed to are more likely to report suffering from cognitive difficulties. Those who smoke reported mental fog, which was claimed to be higher than non-smokers. Participants who started vaping between 8 and 13 years of age, seemed to have even more trouble making decisions, concentrating, or remembering things than those who began vaping later in their life.
“Studies add to the growing evidence that e-cigarettes should not be considered a safe alternative to smoking,” told lead author Dongmei Li, associate professor at the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences at the China Medical Center. University of Rochester (URMC).
Adolescence: Critical Period for Brain Development
But while both studies show an association between inhalation and mental function, the exact cause is unknown. Exposure to nicotine by inhaling vapour could disturb the brain. People who report mental fog are more likely to smoke or self-medicate. To find out more, scientists are preparing to conduct new studies to follow participants over the long term.
Either way, the results of this research worry researchers. In the US, the number of young people vaping 14 or under, in recent years, has tripled. More than a quarter of addicts, even say they started when they were 12 years old. “With the ongoing increase, several teens who indulge in vaping, it is getting worrisome, and we need to intervene even sooner,” interpreted Dongmei Li. Prevention programs that begin in middle or high school could, in fact arriving too late.”
Adolescence is a pivotal time for the development of the brain. Pre-teens and teens are more susceptible to brain changes caused by nicotine. And if electronic cigarettes which is particularly popular with young people, do not contain many dangerous compounds present in traditional cigarettes, they can be more loaded with nicotine.
Vaping : A Difference in Image
Between 2011 and 2018, electronic cigarette use among American teens increased from 1.5% to 20.8%, as per the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On the other hand, in France, while 25% of 17-year-olds, only 1.7% vape daily with 30% of them have already into electronic cigarettes. According to the University of Michigan, US, Americans do not take e-cigarette to be harmful and addictive like the traditional cigarette.
However, if we do not know in detail the effects of electronic cigarettes on health, it is undoubtedly harmful. The WHO even considers it “unquestionably harmful”. She also believes that there is insufficient evidence of effectiveness in smoking cessation. Academy of Medicine considers it “useful for stopping smoking”. It is far better controlled in France than in the United States. WHO recommends turning to substitute products like patches or gums for smokers wishing to stop smoking.