Tobacco products contain nicotine, carcinogens, metals and many other harmful chemicals. Some tobacco products that are on the market are cigarettes, cigars, smokeless tobacco, hookah and electronic smoking devices. Tobacco use in younger audiences is increasing in Anne Arundel County. Electronic smoking devices are the most popular tobacco product in the county. Nicotine chemicals found in tobacco products can increase the risk of addiction.
Nicotine is one of many chemicals that can damage organs in the body. Nicotine is highly addictive and can alter brain function. The brain is not fully developed until the age of 25. Nicotine can harm parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood and movements. Youth who continue to use tobacco products can also increase their risk of using other substances.