Who could’ve guessed? Turns out nicotine in e-cigarettes actually helps your memory. In research shown at the British Psychological Society’s annual conference that was held April 18-20 of this year, 2012, was evidence that e-cigarettes help memory, as well as ease cravings for smokers trying to quit. A total of 85 volunteer smokers took part in this study lead by Dr. Lynne Dawkins, from the University of East London, UK.
The participants were all shown how to vape using an electronic cigarette and “smoke” it for 5 minutes. Some of the users had e-cigarettes with nicotine and some didn’t. They were then asked to take a cravings and mood questionnaire, which they did again 20 minutes after using the e-cigarette. 60 volunteers also completed a memory task 10-15 minutes later, to see how well they would do. The results will surprise you:
- The e-cigarette with nicotine helped improve the mood of more men than women.
- The placebo e-cigarette had the same effect with women as the nicotine e-cigarette.
- Volunteers with nicotine e-cigarettes tested better for memory tests than the placebo users.
Because so far little research has been done on e-cigarettes, it prompted Dr. Dawkins to further explore the effectiveness of e-cigarettes, due to their potential for smokers. She said: “Perhaps more significantly, we found that e-cigarettes with nicotine help maintain working memory in smokers who have not smoked for an hour or two. People who choose to stop smoking without using a nicotine substitute may therefore suffer a period during which their working memory levels dip until their bodies adjust to the reduced levels of nicotine. E-cigarettes seem to be effective at reducing this problem for men and women. However, in this study we did not look at the issue of whether people feel self-conscious about using the devices in public” she stated.
So next time someone gives you trouble for vaping, you let them know, e-cigarettes are good for my memory!