Vaping may be the key to reversing years of anti-tobacco messaging, says Dr. Sean Moore, who is the head of emergency medicine at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital.

"Ths is the perfect design. If I was going to sit down in a lab and say, 'How can I get someone to use and use and use a specific substance?' I'd say, 'Let's find a neurotransmitter that's basic. That's is fundamentally basic for your brain to work. Let's make it more rewarding to get something pure. Let's take nicotine,' " he said, during a workshop on drugs earlier this year. 

"Nicotine causes your brain to feel like it's being rewarded, and it's extremely compelling for our brain to get nicotine," he added. 

Moore adds the use of flavoured tobacco products for vaping are being developed by cigarette companies.

In his presenation, he also talked about alcohol, cannabis, meth and opiates. The two-day conference was filled with social workers, medical staff and law enforcement officers, who wanted to know more about the challenges facing their communities.

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