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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Talk About Stretching for Material

Quoting a ONDCP blog post:
Time Magazine: One Joint = 5 Cigarettes
Next week's Time magazine highlights the latest evidence of marijuana's harm as part of their "Year in Medicine" news coverage:

Indeed, someone who smokes marijuana regularly may have many of the same respiratory problems that tobacco smokers have. These individuals may have daily cough and phlegm, symptoms of chronic bronchitis, and more frequent chest colds. Continuing to smoke marijuana can lead to abnormal functioning of lung tissue injured or destroyed by marijuana smoke.

Regardless of the THC content, the amount of tar inhaled by marijuana smokers and the level of carbon monoxide absorbed are three to five times greater than among tobacco smokers. This may be due to marijuana users inhaling more deeply and holding the smoke in the lungs.
I could care less about debating the science, I just got a kick out of the actual Time piece they link to. Here it is in its entirety:

A single marijuana cigarette has the same effect on the lungs as smoking up to five cigarettes in succession.
That's it. One sentence. It's part of a brief, "The Year in Medicine A-Z". Not quite "highlighting the dangers" if you ask me...

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