Health Alert: E-Cigarettes May Pose Risk to Developing Teenage Brains.

Health Alert: E-Cigarettes May Pose Risk to Developing Teenage Brains.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that e-cigarette usage by teenagers could be detrimental to their ongoing health. Experts from the CDC note that published studies indicate that nicotine exposure during adolescence can harm the areas of the brain responsible for thinking and language development, as well as short-term and long-term memory. Dr. Tim McAfee, the director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office on Smoking and Health writes, “Although e-cigarettes have some benefit among adult smokers if they are used as a complete substitute for all tobacco products, e-cigarettes should not be used by youth and adult non-tobacco users because of the harmful effects of nicotine and the risk of progression to other forms of tobacco use.” American Journal of Preventive Medicine, March 2015

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