E-cigarettes are only beginning to be researched in depth, and some of the latest research to have been published is pretty amazing. It’s the little things that count the most, and positive side effects that were not apparent at first are really wonderful. Nicotine has always been known to have a major psychological effect, however much research has not be performed on how the brain reacts to the nicotine from electronic cigarettes. In a recent study performed in April of this year, findings have concluded that they can be quite useful in reducing cravings when quitting cigarettes, all the while improving memory.
While the tobacco companies and plenty of naysayers seek to trash the e-cigarette industry, more and more research is being done on them. Some of the latest news comes from Britan, where Dr. Lynne Dawkins, from the University of East London has presented extensive research on how e-cigarettes impact users. The results revealed many interesting finds, particularly on their effectiveness. The e-cig brands used during the study were not disclosed, but nonetheless it is all on the positive for legitimacy.
There were 85 male and female participants in the study, all of whom were regular smokers. Each participant was given an e-cigarette with nicotine, without nicotine, or an e-cigarette that was just to be held only without using it. The first part of the study was timed for 5 minutes, of which they were to use the device as much as they wanted. Afterwards, they took a survey that asked specific questions regarding mood and cravings. Later on, they were given 20 minutes of usage, and the questionnaire was repeated. During the next portion, 60 members of the study participated in a task that measured memory capacity after 10-15 minutes of vaping.
The results yielded some pretty interesting data. For instance, it was revealed that men and women were affected differently. The nicotine in the e-cig helped men more than women in handling cravings, and had a more significant impact on enhancing their moods. Women, on the other hand, showed a parallel in their response to both the nicotine as well as the placebo.
The most impressive part of the research was the information relevant to smokers and their memory function. After and hour or two of smoking an e-cigarette, the smokers’ working memory was able to function without experiencing fluctuations, which are common in smokers who quit without the aid of an alternative form of nicotine. When smokers quit cold turkey, in the period of adjustment as their bodies become accustomed to being without nicotine, their working memory levels tend to drop significantly. For both women and men, electronic cigarettes were beneficial at lessening the issue.