Does vaping affect young brain development?

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A growing trend among teens may be damaging more than their lungs.

According to researchers at  UAMS and the CDC, nicotine is highly addictive and can harm kids brain development, which continues into the early to mid-20s.

The CDC says between 2011 and 2018, the number of teens using a vap increased from 220,000 to a little over 3 million.

This is something UAMS researches say parents need to be aware of.   

“When they go for a while without nicotine that same receptor starts to send out signals that make them uncomfortable they get irritable they can’t focus,” said Nicole Ward a Tobacco Treatment Specialist.

UAMS is currently conducting a number of group studies at the hospital using Arkansans to further their research on the harmful effects of vaping.

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