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Vaping amongst adolescents: a worrying 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, that extend to all tobacco regulations. Also, targeted regulation/enforcement that considers the innovative characteristics of these products is required. E-cigarettes have become increasingly popular, especially among young people. “This is definitely a reason to be worried,” stated Dr Anu Linnansaari (University of Tampere, Finland). “Adolescent nicotine exposure can induce significant long-term deficits in the developing brain with an increased risk of impulsive behaviour and decreased attention, cognitive impairment, and a negative emotional state. Also, this may carry a 3 times higher increased risk of smoking initiation.” Dr Linnansaari investigated the use and social meaning of vaping among Danish, Finnish, and Norweg...

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