March 6, 2000

New Research Suggests Tobacco Cravings Can Increase Drug Cravings Among Drug Abusers

New research funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explores how craving tobacco also increases the urge to use illicit drugs if a person already abuses drugs. Two studies in the February 2000 issue of Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, a publication of the American Psychological Association (APA), explore why smokers who use illegal drugs may have a harder time quitting their drug habit than non-smokers. How tobacco and illicit drug use are related is also examined. Findings also indicate . . .

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