Adolescent Brain and Nicotine

Luiz Antonio Del Ciampo and Ieda Regina Lopes Del Ciampo

Adolescence is a period of physical, emotional, and social changes, with significant increases in body size, physical appearance and the development of interpersonal skills necessary for successful integration into society [1]. Adolescence is also characterized by high expression of risk, exploration, search for novelties and sensations, social interaction, and playful behavior [2,3]. This period of great vulnerability, associated with impulsive actions and decisions, is linked to transformations and maturation of the central nervous system (CNS), sensitive to new experiences of plasticity that occurred in the regions of executive control and decision-making [4,5]