Created: 09/04/2014 8:12 AM WHEC.com
A new study suggests e-cigarettes could lead to the use of conventional cigarettes or illegal drugs.
While e-cigarettes are considered to be safer than traditional tobacco products, they still deliver pure nicotine. Researchers say mice and human studies have shown nicotine can activate a reward-related gene and prime the brain to respond to marijuana or cocaine.
While e-cigarettes have not been proven to be a gateway to the use of other drugs, they have the same biological effects on the brain and could pose the same addiction risk as regular cigarettes.