The ever villainized nicotinewas once even blamed as the ingredient in cigarettes that caused cancer, but new studies are showing that nicotine may have benefits. Quite the opposite of what vape haters have suggested for a while now. When it comes to smoking good ol’ analog cigarettes, scapegoating nicotine is still a popular takes the blame off the harm caused by the other ingredients —tar, lighter fluid, ???— in cigarettes.We’ve been aware for awhile that nicotine is pretty much everywhere you might not think it would be: in tomatoes and eggplants, for instance. Nevertheless, we’re encouraged to gobble up those antioxidants in tomatoes and even ketchup. But what about that notorious nicotine. According to Churnmag, nicotine is relatively “innocuous" and there is actual science that backs up the notion that nicotine can have benefits that are slowly being recognized in the medical field. The most recent report comes from Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews (a medical journal packed with jargony studies that we would probably never read if it didn’t impact e-cigs). The study pinpointed nicotine as a way to combat late-life depression when anti-depressants have proven ineffective. Real talk: former smokers can tell you firsthand that they turn to nicotine when they’re depressed, but hey, people seem to trust science, so we’ll go with it. The link between nicotine and the psychology is nothing new, but science is getting ever closer to solidly proving the theory that nicotine can have benefits on the brain. Churnmag cites a National Institute of Health study from more than 50 years ago that found smokers and nonsmokers were at the same risk of developing debilitating disease. Later research revealed nicotine to be the likely cause. So, if there’s all this science, why can’t vaping get out of the fog of misconception that has shrouded nicotine? The reason is that science doesn’t seem to make a bit of difference to vape haters, who distort every decent bit of research and spin every shred of bunk science to keep framing vaping as the bad guy. We’ve seen some progress into looking at nicotine and vaping in a different light, but will it be enough to illuminate any potential benefits? What do you think?