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News (Media Awareness Project) - US CA: Pot Better On Lungs Than Tobacco
Title:US CA: Pot Better On Lungs Than Tobacco
Published On:2012-01-26
Source:Chico News & Review, The (CA)
Fetched On:2012-01-29 06:00:47

UCSF Study Indicates Pot Smoking Isn't So Bad for Lungs

A recent study led by the University of California, San Francisco
indicates smoking marijuana is not as harmful to lung function as
smoking cigarettes.

The study, published Jan. 10 in the Journal of the American Medical
Association, found that regular marijuana users-those who smoked one
or two joints a week-did not experience a reduction of lung capacity.
Only the heaviest tokers, who smoked 20 or more joints a month,
showed evidence of damage to their pulmonary systems. The study's
authors noted it is rare for a pot user to smoke as often as someone
who smokes cigarettes, which they cite as an important factor. They
also insisted they still "have an issue with marijuana, at least in
terms of dependence on it."

The study monitored 5,115 men and women over 20 years as part of a
clinical trial meant to focus on heart disease in young adults.
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