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Smoking and Tobacco

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02/21/2007

Question:

Other health moral and health issues aside. Is smoking marijuania rolled in a Backwood cigar harder on your lungs than smoking a cigarette?

Answer:

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

Someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers do, such as daily cough and phlegm production, more frequent acute chest illness, a heightened risk of lung infections, and a greater tendency to obstructed airways.

Marijuana abuse also has the potential to promote cancer of the lungs and other parts of the respiratory tract because it contains irritants and carcinogens. In fact, marijuana smoke contains 50 to 70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than does tobacco smoke. Marijuana users usually inhale more deeply and hold their breath longer than tobacco smokers do, which increases the lungs' exposure to carcinogenic smoke. These facts suggest that, puff for puff; smoking marijuana may be more harmful to the lungs than smoking tobacco.

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Response by:

Amanda Blake, BA, TTS, OCPS 1
Wellness and Prevention Specialist
JamesCare for Life
The James
The Ohio State University