Effects of Nicotine on the Teenage Brain
While there has been much reported on the correlation between vaping and severe lung injury, the impact of vaping on the brains of teenagers may not be fully known until years down the road.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in 2019 it is estimated that the number of middle and high school students using e-cigarettes rose to 5.3 million, up from 3.6 million in 2018. Unfortunately, this means that hundreds of thousands of those vaping will develop an addiction, which could lead them to switch to regular cigarettes. Epidemiologists have found that teens that vape are more likely to become smokers than their peers who don’t vape.
Vaping or smoking nicotine can cause substantial damage to a teenager’s developing brain and can lead to:
- Attention Disorders (such as ADHD)
- Memory Issues
- Impulse Control Issues
- Susceptibility to Substance Abuse
- Increased Psychiatric Conditions (such as anxiety and depression)
Though research is still being conducted on the exact effects of nicotine on the teenage brain, studies on young animals have shown nicotine can interfere with various processes that impact memory, focus, learning, brain development, and impulse control.
Additionally, studies that looked at adult mice that were exposed to low doses of nicotine in early adolescence have found that nicotine had the same effect on their reward centers as other drugs such as cocaine, alcohol, and even methamphetamine, highlighting the possibility that human adolescents might be particularly vulnerable to developing a dependency to nicotine, leading to the continual use of e-cigarettes.
The Attorneys at Carter Mario Law Firm Can Help
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