Can E-Cigarettes Lead to More Serious Drug Addication?

Sep 05, 2014
Paul M. da Costa

We have previously blogged about the current debate over e-cigarette regulations.  Because the product is relatively new, many are calling for stricter reforms and further research.  E-cigarettes don’t contain tar and other chemicals found in traditional cigarettes, but they do contain nicotine.

One article on discusses a recent study by Denise and Eric Kandel, which suggests that the use of e-cigarettes can lead users to become addicted to more serious drugs, such as cocaine.  The couple studied nicotine extensively, and their prior studies have found that nicotine can enhance the effect of other drugs, especially cocaine.  Thus, e-cigarettes, which rely on nicotine, can potentially lead individuals to abuse other drugs.

While some support e-cigarettes as tools to help addicted smokers quit the habit, those with such views have received much criticism.  The American Heart Association and legislators have recently demanded more regulations on e-cigarettes, especially when it comes to advertising to young teens. In addition, Toronto recently instituted laws prohibiting e-cigarettes in the workplace. 

While the effects of e-cigarettes on the human body are still being discovered, it is possible that harm caused by e-cigarettes will lead to personal injury litigation.  If you or a loved one has been injured by e-cigarettes, you may have a claim for compensation.  The experienced attorneys at Sarno da Costa D’Aniello Maceri LLC can help you.  Call us today at 973-274-5200.