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Vaping amongst adolescents: an alarming trend

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Dr Anu Linnansaari, University of Tampere, Finland
NLC 2022
According to Finnish research, there is a strong need to strengthen preventive policies on e-cigarettes to prevent adolescents to fall prey to the tobacco epidemic. This includes comprehensive and strict e-cigarette regulations, in line with all tobacco regulations. E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular, especially among youngsters. “This is definitely a worrisome observation,” stated Dr Anu Linnansaari (University of Tampere, Finland). “Exposure to nicotine in adolescence can induce significant long-term deficits in the developing brain with an increased risk of impulsive behaviour, decreased attention, cognitive impairment, and a negative emotional state. Also, this may impose 3 times increased risk of smoking initiation.” Dr Linnansaari investigated the use and social context of vaping among Danish, Finnish, and Norwegian adolescents aged 15–20 years. Four separate themes were addressed to gain more insights into this practice. The first ...

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