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Pot, Cigarette Smoke Wreaks Havoc on Lungs (Health)

posted by bibleprobe(R) Homepage, Mass., 04.20.2011

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a progressive condition with no cure that’s characterized by diseased lungs and narrowed airways. Most cases are caused by prolonged smoking, according to the U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute.

Smoking marijuana and cigarettes — even small amounts — is very harmful for your lungs, increasing the risk of COPD by several fold,” Tan said.

Dr. Norman H. Edelman, scientific consultant to the American Lung Association, said he thinks smoking marijuana probably does cause COPD, but this study did not include enough marijuana smokers to draw that conclusion.

“Canada was a good place to do it as they are more relaxed about pot smoking, and it was likely to be easier to get cooperative subjects,” Edelman said.

“The most impressive finding is the synergism between tobacco and marijuana smoking.”

“A modest amount of pot smoking added to cigarette smoking really knocks your lungs for a loop,” Edelman added. “One wonders if this is a chemical synergism or behavioral — those who smoke both pot and tobacco inhale each more deeply than those who smoke only tobacco.”

Finish reading this here:
http://news.health.com/2009/04/14/pot-cigarette-smoke-wreaks-havoc-lungs/

 


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