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Can e cigs help your memory?

Posted on September 21, 2012 by Dave There have been 0 comments

According to latest academic research an electronic cigarette could aid memory. The research was presented at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference, and it seems like positive news for users of e-cigs.

The research was conducted by Dr Lynne Dawkins of the University of East London on 85 regular smokers (men and women) and concluded that e-cigarettes with nicotine helped both men and women maintain working memory compared to those in the other groups.

The research went something like this: each of the 85 participants were randomly given an electronic cigarette with either nicotine (cannot swear it was an E-lite but here’s hoping) a placebo or told to just hold the e-cigarette. After five minutes using the 'cigarette' as much as they wanted, participants completed a questionnaire recording their levels of mood and cravings. The questionnaire was reported after a further 20 minutes after using the e-cigarette. 60 of the participants completed a working memory task 10-15 minutes after using the e-cigarette.

The results showed that the e-cigarette with nicotine helped men more than women in terms of reducing their craving and improving their mood. The placebo e-cigarette was just as good as the nicotine e-cigarette for women.

Electronic cigarettes and memory

Those tested for working memory revealed that e-cigarettes with nicotine helped both men and women maintain working memory compared to those in the other groups.

Dr Dawkins declared “We found that an electronic cigarette with nicotine helped 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. An electronic cigarette seems to be effective at reducing this problem for men and women”.

Electronic cigarettes are not recognised by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) as quit smoking aids. They are not intended as nicotine replacement therapy nor are they a cessation device.

It is perfectly legal to use an electronic cigarette at work so this research will be of interest to those who have used nicotine as an aid to memory during the working day. Switching to electronic cigarettes will mean they will no longer have to break off from work to enjoy their smoking experience.

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