Know the Risks

E-Cigarettes & Young People

Virtual Field Trip The Facts on E-Cigarette Use

Tune in Live to the Know the Risks Virtual Field Trip

Tuesday, April 25 at 1pm ET / 10am PT

Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigarettes, are now the most commonly used tobacco product among U.S. youth. But do students know the risks associated with these products? The latest U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on E-cigarette use among Youth and Young Adults concludes that nicotine exposure during adolescence can cause addiction and can harm the developing brain.

For this very special Virtual Field Trip, join Discovery Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and host U.S. Surgeon General, Vivek Murthy, to examine the science behind e-cigarettes and the impact they can have on teenagers’ health and well-being.

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Addiction

Until about age 25, the brain is still growing.

How does the nicotine in e-cigarettes affect the brain? Until about age 25, the brain is still growing. Each time a new memory is created or a new skill is learned, stronger connections—or synapses—are built between brain cells. Young people’s brains build synapses faster than adult brains. Because addiction is a form of learning, adolescents can get addicted more easily than adults. Nicotine also changes the way synapses are formed, which can harm the parts of the brain that control attention and learning

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More Information

For more information visit E-cigarettes.SurgeonGeneral.gov