Teens and adolescents are constantly bombarded with advertising and conflicting messages regarding alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. National Drug Facts Week was launched in 2010 to counteract the myths that teens often hear from the Internet, TV, movies, music, or friends. This year, National Drug Facts Week will be observed January 26th through February 1st.

One popular myth is that e-cigarettes are harmless. However, much remains unknown about the long-term health impacts of e-cigarettes. In 2014, more US teens used e-cigarettes than any other tobacco product. Some people believe e-cigarette products may help people who smoke lower nicotine cravings while they are trying to quit. But no research has thus far supported the claim that e-cigarettes actually help people quit smoking. E-cigarettes filled with e-juice, a liquid that often contains nicotine, flavoring, and other chemicals, could increase nicotine addiction, a fast acting, highly addictive drug, and interfere with quitting. Additionally, science tells us that exposure to nicotine in adolescence, a critical window for brain development, has lasting negative consequences and increases the risk of nicotine addiction.

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Looking for specific drug facts? Check out: http://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts

Data & statistics taken from the National Institute of Health and the National Institute on Drug Abuse.