“Our study is increasing evidence that vaping should not be considered a safe alternative to smoking cigarettes,” said Dongmei Li, an associate professor at the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) in New York.
“Students who reported that they started vaping earlier between the ages of 8 and 13 were more likely to report difficulty in concentration, memory, or decision making than students who started vaping between the ages of 14 and older. ‘
In this study, published in the journal Tobacco Induced Diseases and Plos One, more than 18,000 junior high and high school students responded to the US National Youth Tobacco Survey, and more than 886,000 responses to the telephone survey of behavioral risk factor monitoring systems from adults in the United States. I analyzed it.
Both surveys asked similar questions about smoking and e-cigarette habits, as well as memory, attention, and mental function problems.
Both studies showed that people of all ages who smoke and smoke e-cigarettes are most likely to report suffering from mental functioning.
Behind the group, people who only vaporized or smoked reported mental fog at a similar rate. This was significantly higher than that reported by those who smoked and did not smoke.
“With the recent rise in teenage e-cigarettes, this is of great concern and suggests that we need to intervene earlier,” Li said.
URMC studies have clearly shown a link between vaping and mental function, but it is not clear which is the cause.
Nicotine exposure by inhaling vapors can cause difficulties in mental functioning.
However, it is equally possible that people who report mental fog are more likely to simply smoke or vaporize-perhaps self-medication.
Li and her team say that analyzing the causes and effects of vaping and mental fog requires further research to track children and adults over time.