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

Henraya McGruder, PhD, MS; Kimp Walton, MS; Saida Sharapova, MD, MPH; Brian A. King, PhD, MPH


Prev Chronic Dis. 2020;17(3):e27 

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Electronic vapor products (EVP), including e-cigarettes, have been the most commonly used tobacco products among US middle and high school students since 2014.[1] EVP typically contain nicotine, which is highly addictive and can harm the developing adolescent brain.[2,3] Adults serve a critical role in preventing youth tobacco product use.[4] Therefore, it is important to educate adults, particularly those who are influencers of youth, about the harmful effects of youth EVP use. We 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.