US Adults’ Perceptions About the Harms of Nicotine in Electronic Vapor Products on the Adolescent Brain, United States, 2016-2017

Credit:  CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health

The CDC’s Office on Smoking and Health is releasing the following article in the journal, Preventing Chronic Disease (PCD).

US Adults’ Perceptions About the Harms of Nicotine in Electronic Vapor Products on the Adolescent Brain, United States, 2016-2017

About two-thirds of adults in the United States agree that nicotine in electronic vapor products (EVP) is harmful to the developing adolescent brain.

Adults serve a critical role in preventing youth tobacco product use.  EVP, including e-cigarettes, have been the most commonly used tobacco products among US middle and high school students since 2014.  EVP typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm the developing adolescent brain.  Therefor, it is important to educate adults, particularly those who are influencers of youth, about the harmful effects of youth EVP use.  CDC researchers assessed adults’ perceptions about the harms of nicotine in EVP to the adolescent brain by using data from cross-sectional internet surveys conducted in 2016 and 2017.  Of respondents in 2016, 68.5% agreed exposure to nicotine in EVP was harmful, and of respondents in 2017, 62.6% agreed.

The PCD article is available here:  https://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2020/19_0391.htm

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