Teens Who Vape Are 7 Times More Likely to Turn to Regular Cigarettes – ConsumerReports.org

E-cigarettes may be especially attractive to young people because they’re available in a wide variety of teen-friendly flavors, including Candy Crush, Cotton Candy, and Gummy Bear.

“They’re reminiscent of the candy cigarettes of a generation ago, which were designed as a way to introduce children to smoking,” says Harold Farber, M.D., an associate professor of pediatrics in the pulmonary section of Texas Children’s Hospital at Baylor College of Medicine, and chairman of the Tobacco Action Committee for the American Thoracic Society.  

But unlike those sugary treats of yesteryear, e-cigarettes are packed with nicotine, which may have a more significant effect on a teen’s brain than on an adult’s. 

“Kids’ developing brains are very sensitive to nicotine, and as a result they’re more likely to get addicted and then gravitate to other products like cigarettes, hookahs, and cigars,” Klein says. 

January 2017 report from the American Academy of Pediatrics, for instance, notes that exposure to nicotine at a young age may increase the likelihood of abusing other addictive substances. (Get more information from Consumer Reports on the health effects of nicotine

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