Researchers are learning more about how nicotine works, hoping to harness its power. Nicotine improves concentration, attention and memory. In this study, 15 smokers performed a demanding task while wearing a nicotine patch. The patch wearers had higher energy levels, better focus, and greater happiness.
Smokers who wore a nicotine-enhancing patch performed better on tests of attention and memory, but also had less activity in brain regions associated with attention and working memory. The study was conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse-Intramural Research Program.
Vaping with or without nicotine has been shown to impact impulse control. Some of these risks include mood disorders and permanent damage to parts of the brain. View our informative videos, as well as the resources below, to understand the full impact of vaping on mental health.
Vaping should not be considered a safe alternative to tobacco smoking, researchers at the University of Rhode Island say. People who smoke and vape are most likely to report struggling with mental function. Survey results also suggest that kids are more likely to experience mental fog if they start vaping before age 14.
Teenagers who use e-cigarettes are more likely to report problems concentrating, remembering, or making decisions. E-cigarettes lack many of the dangerous compounds found in tobacco cigarettes. But they deliver the same amount or even more nicotine.