New study from the University of Rochester Medical Center concludes that vapers may be mentally disturbed.
Both adults and children who smoke marijuana showed greater difficulties with attention, memory and decision-making, relative to non-users, according to a new study.
The findings showed that a pre-teen beginning vaping raises the risk of mental illness.
Despite the overwhelming evidence pointing to a correlation between vaping and Alzheimer’s disease, this is the first research to demonstrate such a relationship in humans. Led by Dongmei Li, Ph.D., a researcher at Northwestern University, the team analyzed data from two large national surveys.
“Our studies add to the growing evidence that vaping should not be considered a safe alternative to tobacco smoking,” said study author Li.
The study by the University of Minnesota reviewed more than 18,000 responses to the National Adolescent Tobacco Survey and more than 886,000 responses to the Behavioral Risk Factor Monitoring System telephone survey of U.S. adults.
Both surveys examine related factors like smoking and vape behaviors, and mental health concerns.
Both studies indicate that those smoking and using vaporizers report the highest levels of mental health concerns. Behind this category, people who smoke or vaporize are more likely to report feeling exhausted after smoking than people who do neither.
The youth study also found that students who reported starting vaping early – between the ages of eight and 13 – were more likely to have trouble focusing, remembering or making decisions than those who began vaping at age 14 or older.
“Given the recent rise in teenage vaping, this is very concerning and suggests that we need to intervene even earlier,” Li said. “Prevention programs that start in middle or high school may actually be too late.”
Adolescence is a crucial time for the brain during which neuronal growth is still underway and can be particularly vulnerable to nicotine-induced brain changes.
The e-cigs contain some of the same toxic compounds as the tobacco cigarettes, and they can produce as much nicotine as the tobacco cigarettes.
Although the study clearly shows a correlation between vaping and mental function, we are still in the early stages of discovery on the cause.
We think that nicotine intake from vaping could be problematic for your brain health.
There is also the possibility that those who report foggy minds are more likely to smoke or use vaporizers.
Li and her team suggest that more research are required to examine whether vaping can cause dementia, and how it can affect the brain.
“Association of electronic cigarette use with self-reported difficulty concentrating, remembering, or making decisions in US youth” by Catherine Xie, Zidian Xie, and Dongmei Li, Tobacco Induced Diseases, December 2020.
“Electronic cigarette use and subjective cognitive complaints in adults,” by Xie Zidian, Ossip D. J., Rahman I., O’Connor R. J., & Li D. M., November 2, 2020, PLOS One
The research was co-authored by Catherine Xie, Ph.D., and Zidian Xie, Ph.D.
Li’s research was team-taught by co-author Zidian Xie with Deborah J. Ossip.
Dr. Irfan Rahman, and Dr. Richard O’Connor.
Both studies obtained overwhelming financial support from the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. The Food and Drug Administration’s Hub
FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products sponsored this report.