Everyone knows nicotine is addictive, but that's not the whole story. It poses special dangers to the developing teen brain. You may have heard that nicotine is as harmless as caffeine, but read on to see why that's utter bunk.
You don't have to be a zombie to know how important brains are. But nicotine puts the teen brain at risk: It can mess up the areas affecting judgment, completing tasks and meeting goals. Plus, it could make teens more prone to overblown emotional reactions and immature behavior – sound fun?
Vaping to Distraction
In the digital age, teens already have the deck stacked against them when it comes to being easily distracted. But e-cigs could make it worse: studies show teens who use nicotine may have impaired attention spans. Teachers are going to love hearing that.
Hazardous Mental Health
This goes way beyond teen moodiness. Using nicotine at a young age is associated with developing mental problems like depression, agoraphobia, panic disorder, and antisocial personality disorder.
Nicotine is as hard to quit as heroin (and cocaine). And the evidence suggests teens become addicted at lower doses than adults, so even light use could spark a lifelong battle with addiction.
Just Say, "Yikes!"
“At least it's not heroin!” a teen vaper might say, dramatically. But the evidence suggests nicotine could be putting them at risk for substance abuse problems and prime them for addiction as adults.
One Bad Idea Deserves Another
Vaping with nicotine could amplify teens' inherent tendencies toward novelty-seeking, impulsivity, and risk-taking. Does the world really need any more Jackass movies?
Nicotine Angst [GALLERY]
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