THE BRAIN

What are the health risks of e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes contain chemicals that can cause irreversible lung damage and alter teen brains.

Nicotine is highly addictive and exposure during adolescence can harm the developing brain.

The Teenage Brain

The teenage brain is undergoing important developmental processes. Their brains are creating many new connections that gradually get pruned away during adolescence to make way for “smoother processing” in adulthood. This process of ongoing development and pruning is why teenagers, in particular, are more susceptible to getting addicted to different substances.

Nicotine and the teen brain

Studies have shown that teens get addicted to nicotine more quickly and from smaller amounts than adults. This suggests teens who become addicted to nicotine are more likely to also be addicted as adults. This makes it even more important to educate teens on the dangers of vaping.

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