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U.S. Adults’ Perceptions About the Harms of Nicotine in Electronic Vapor Products on the Adolescent Brain
About two-thirds of adults in the United States agree that nicotine in electronic vapor products (EVP) is harmful to the developing adolescent brain. Electronic vapor products, including e-cigarettes, have been the most commonly used tobacco products among U.S. middle and high school students since 2014. EVP typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm the developing adolescent brain. Adults serve a critical role in preventing youth tobacco product use. Therefore, 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.
Senior Press Officer
CDC, Office on Smoking and Health
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