E-Cigarettes May Promote Illicit Drug Use and Addiction

Nicotine, no matter the source, may function as a gateway to marijuana and cocaine
Like conventional cigarettes, electronic cigarettes (or e-cigarettes) may function as a “gateway drug”—a drug that lowers the threshold for addiction to other substances, such as marijuana and cocaine—according to the 120th Shattuck lecture, presented to the Massachusetts Medical Society by Columbia researchers Denise and Eric Kandel and published today in the online edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.

September 02, 2014