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News (Media Awareness Project) - US WA: LTE: Marijuana Doesn't Harm Users
Title:US WA: LTE: Marijuana Doesn't Harm Users
Published On:2012-01-17
Source:Seattle Times (WA)
Fetched On:2012-01-18 06:02:43

This is an inconclusive study

How can you say that smoking marijuana does not harm the lungs? Lungs
are not meant to withstand constant inhalation of smoke. ["Study: Pot
doesn't harm lungs like tobacco does," Nation and World Report, Jan.
11]. And how can you say that since most marijuana users inhale
deeply, it would actually benefit the lungs by strengthening lung
tissue? That all sounds nice and dandy; vague notions that sound
incredibly biased toward the study.

I find it interesting that only in the last sentence of the article,
you would add that the study did not include lung cancer. Indeed,
"marijuana doesn't do the kind of damage tobacco does," instead,
marijuana holds its own disastrous side effects. The study in
question conveniently left that part out.

Lung cancer would definitely affect lung function. This article
inaccurately portrays marijuana as perfectly harmless.

I wholly disagree that a conclusion regarding marijuana's effects on
the lungs can be made from just one inconclusive study. The article
appeared biased toward what the smoker would desire to hear.

Instead of singing the praises of marijuana, I would appreciate it if
the article were more well-rounded, showing both the pros and the
cons toward the lungs when smoking marijuana.

- - Teri Woo, Bellevue
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