Mom Was Right? Teen Smokers Are Altering Brain Development, Inhibiting Decision-Making Skills

Mom Was Right? Teen Smokers Are Altering Brain Development, Inhibiting Decision-Making Skills
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POSTED: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 3:19pm

UPDATED: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 5:21pm

LOS ANGELES— A tobacco company paid for a new study on teens and smoking— and results show smoking alters the way teens think.

Smoking cigarettes can alter the way a teenager's brain develops. The study from UCLA shows that the more a teen smokes, the less activity they have in the prefrontal cortex— the part of the brain that guides decision-making skills.

Researchers compared brain scans of 25 teen smokers and 25 teen non-smokers. The activity in the prefrontal cortex of smokers was lower.

A majority of smokers picked up the habit as teenagers.

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Kool....wish I knew this when I was growing up.

That and they smelled terrible.

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