"Surge In Teen Vaping Gives Rise To Nicotine Addiction" - Betsy McKay
Youth use of e-cigarettes has soared over the past year, thanks largely to Juul, whose sales have skyrocketed since mid-2017. One out of every five high school students – more than 3 million teens – reported using e-cigarettes recently. Now, parents and medical professionals are struggling to help addicted adolescents kick the habit. Nicotine is highly addictive and its hold is particularly powerful over teens, wiring their developing brains in a way that makes them vulnerable to addiction, said Yasmin Hurd, PhD, director of the Addiction Institute at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Adolescents can get hooked on nicotine with just a few exposures – fewer than adults, she added.
— Yasmin Hurd, PhD, Professor, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Systems Therapeutics, Chair, Ward-Coleman Translational Neuroscience, Director, The Addiction Institute, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai