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Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Lynchburg Journal of Medical Science

Specialty

Family Practice

Advisor

Dr. Laura Witte

Abstract

Electronic cigarettes have become the most commonly used tobacco products among youth in the United States. Since the introduction of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) in 2007, there has been a 78% increase in use among middle and high school students.In spite of the known harmful effects of nicotine on youth’s vulnerable brains, manufacturers of e-cigarettes target this age group for e-cigarette sales. Health implications of vaping on adolescents are significant and with physical and emotional implications including lifelong chemical dependence. This article reviews the prevalence of vaping among adolescents, examines health implications specific to teens, and assesses screening strategies for clinicians.

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