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Study: E-cigs could lead to use of regular cigarettes, illegal drugs

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.





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