New Studies Warn Vaping Can Cloud Your Thoughts

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(— January 19, 2022) Winnetka, IL — 

Vaping has been initially believed to be a safer alternative than traditional cigarettes. However, it is worth noting that an increasing number of studies are highlighting its side effects.

Two studies from the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) were carried out. 

In this research, it has been found that vaping has the potential to trigger mental fog. The investigators have particularly revealed that both adults and kids who vape was more susceptible to reporting concentration difficulties than their non-vaping, non-smoking peers.

Further, they were even found to have trouble remembering or making decisions. The kids were also more prone to experiencing mental fog if they started vaping before the age of 14.

This research was spearheaded by Dongmei Li, Ph.D., associate professor in the Clinical and Translational Science Institute at URMC, which is the team that mined data from two major national surveys.

“Our studies add to growing evidence that vaping should not be considered a safe alternative to tobacco smoking,” said study author Li.

The studies were published in the journals Tobacco Induced Diseases and Plos One.

They looked into more than 18,000 middle and high school student responses to the National Youth Tobacco Survey and over 886,000 responses to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System phone survey from U.S. adults. 

It has been found that students who said they started vaping early were more susceptible to difficulties remembering, making decisions, and concentrating than those who started vaping at 14 or older. They were even found to have trouble making decisions than

“With the recent rise in teen vaping, this is very concerning and suggests that we need to intervene even earlier,” said Li. “Prevention programs that start in middle or high school might actually be too late,” Li added.

In addition to Li, authors of the youth study include Catherine Xie, and Zidian Xie, Ph.D. For the adult study, Li was joined by co-authors Zidian Xie, Ph.D., Deborah J. Ossip, Ph.D. Irfan Rahman, Ph.D., and Richard J. O’Connor, Ph.D. Both studies were funded by the National Cancer Institute and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products.

There are undeniably many negative health effects of vaping, especially on the lungs and the brain. Experts also recommend some measures that could protect the brain from various threats. In addition to engaging in physical activities regularly and following a healthy diet, it is also wise to take into account the use of NutraHerbals Ashwagandha. (

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