Young people who smoke cannabis are more likely to be addicted to cigarettes in later life

Young people who smoke cannabis are more likely to get hooked on cigarettes in later life Exposure to THC, main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can increase addictive properties of nicotineCigarettes often considered a 'gateway' to other drugs, but this shows the reverse can be true By Anna Hodgekiss PUBLISHED: 14:31 GMT, 11 January 2013 | UPDATED: 14:52 GMT, 11 January 2013 Exposure to THC, the main psychoactive ingredient in marijuana, can increase the addictive properties of nicotine Young people who smoke cannabis are also more likely to become addicted to cigarettes – increasing their risk of heart disease and lung cancer.