Most people understand the health dangers of smoking cigarettes. However, research conducted about the impacts of vaping on health is less conclusive, leading many to believe that e-cigarettes are a better alternative to smoking, especially if choosing products with low or no nicotine. For current smokers, this logic might be valid. Nevertheless, nonsmokers (and especially youth) should avoid all types of vaping products to avoid potential adverse effects. While there is much to learn about the long-term effects of vaping, there is a lot we DO KNOW about the health impacts of chronic nicotine use.
Nicotine affects the brain and nervous system at all stages of life.
In the womb, nicotine alters nerve cell functioning, and increases the risk of preterm delivery and stillbirth.
Youth who use nicotine regularly often struggle with anxiety, fear, and difficulty focusing.
This early introduction to regular nicotine use can lead to other substance use addictions, depression, gambling disorders, and impulse control issues later in life.
WARNING: Nicotine is highly addictive and a difficult substance to quit.
All it takes is regular intake of as little as 5 mg of nicotine per day, the equivalent of 3 cigarettes or ¼ of an e-cigarette pod.
The best way to avoid becoming addicted to nicotine?
Avoid ALL nicotine containing products in the first place, including cigarettes, chewing tobacco, e-cigarettes, hookahs, and other vaping devices.
If you are interested in learning more about what information is out there about the health effects of smoking, vaping and nicotine, check out the Truth Initiative at https://truthinitiative.org/research-resources
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