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Vaping Addiction Brain Science
Because vaping delivers nicotine into the body in a different way than smoking or nicotine replacement therapies, scientists haven’t been entirely sure that vaping affects the brain the same way that smoking does. However, recent studies have shown that nicotine from vaping causes the same activation of the brain’s pleasure-and-reward centers. Resuming vaping after a period of abstinence also decreases withdrawal symptoms, suggesting that the user’s brain is responding the same way that smokers do in a similar situation.
Research is ongoing into whether nicotine addiction from vaping resembles addiction from smoking in every way, but initial studies suggest that the mechanism of addiction is very similar.
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