New AJPM Article: Nicotine and the Developing Human: A Neglected Element in the Electronic Cigarette
Thursday, April 9, 2015
Posted by: Natalia Gromov
A new article was published online by the American Journal of Preventive Medicine titled, “Nicotine and the Developing Human: A Neglected Element in the Electronic Cigarette Debate.” Below please find the manuscript and a background document that contains key points from article.
According to the article, the elimination of cigarettes and other combusted tobacco products in the U.S. would prevent tens of millions of tobacco-related deaths. It has been suggested that the introduction of less harmful nicotine delivery devices, such as electronic cigarettes or other electronic nicotine delivery systems, will accelerate progress toward ending combustible cigarette use. However, careful consideration of the potential adverse health effects from nicotine itself is often absent from public health debates. Human and animal data support that nicotine exposure during periods of developmental vulnerability (fetal through adolescent stages) has multiple adverse health consequences, including impaired fetal brain and lung development, and altered development of cerebral cortex and hippocampus in adolescents. The paper further describes measures that could protect pregnant women, fetuses, children and teens from the damage caused by nicotine exposure.