Tobacco smoking impacts teens' brains, study shows

Wednesday, March 2, 2011 - 17:30 in Psychology & Sociology

In a study comparing teenage smokers and non-smokers, researchers found that the greater a teen's addiction to nicotine, the less active an area of the brain called the prefrontal cortex (PFC) became. The PFC guides "executive functions" like decision-making, and is an area that is still developing structurally and functionally in adolescents.

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