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Old 05-25-2006, 04:16 PM   #1
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pot not linked to lung cancer

[q]Study finds no marijuana link to lung cancer By Deena Beasley
Tue May 23, 9:40 PM ET

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Marijuana smoking does not increase a person's risk of developing lung cancer, according to the findings of a new study at the University of California Los Angeles that surprised even the researchers.

They had expected to find that a history of heavy marijuana use, like cigarette smoking, would increase the risk of cancer.

Instead, the study, which compared the lifestyles of 611 Los Angeles County lung cancer patients and 601 patients with head and neck cancers with those of 1,040 people without cancer, found no elevated cancer risk for even the heaviest pot smokers. It did find a 20-fold increased risk of lung cancer in people who smoked two or more packs of cigarettes a day.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20060524/hl_nm/marijuana_dc

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Hmmm.... but marijuana is surely generally mixed with tobacco when it is smoked?


Similarly, it is not usually the nicotine that causes cancer - it's the tar and other obnoxious substances in the ciggies.
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That's good news.
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Hmmm.... but marijuana is surely generally mixed with tobacco when it is smoked?

I think that's more of a European thing.

Not that I would know, just from what I've heard.
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I think that's more of a European thing.

Not that I would know, just from what I've heard.

I am confused by this survey because I definitely remember reading about a previous survey that found the exact opposite - i.e. that there was indeed a causal link between pot smoking and lung cancer. Then again I think it was a UK survey so that could back up your point.
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Pot should be legal, cancer or no cancer.

That being said, I've never met one pothead who feared lung cancer anyway, nor do I suspect people will now start smoking weed because of this report.

In other words, yet another medical study that ultimately serves no purpose at all in furthering the public health. I remember reading about a similar finding back in the early 90's, anyway.

Maybe UCLA can next do a multimillion dollar study on the effects of heavy metal music on teenage violence.
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Its the twinkies that give you lung cancer....
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Its the twinkies that give you lung cancer....



it's true, stoners will die from a stroke or heart attack brought on by the munchies before they'll die of lung cancer
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it's true, stoners will die from a stroke or heart attack brought on by the munchies before they'll die of lung cancer
I have a friend who claims pot and chocolate as two of his main vices -- to the tune of five spliffs and three chocolate bars a day. If it's dark chocolate, he should be in great shape.
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Lila,

Are your smilies stoned?


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there was a time when I smoked pot on a daily basis.
eventually I developed a consistent hack, a nagging tickle at the back of the throat that never went away. I didn't use tobacco in my joints. this deveoped into a regular smoker's cough before long.
lung cancer or no lung cancer, the smoke does damage.
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Lila,

Are your smilies stoned?


no, whatever would make you say that They are just happy! Spring is in the air
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I saw Prince at the Fillmore awhile ago, and he started yelling at us because fans were smoking weed and it was drifting onto the stage.

The only pot I smelled during Vertigo was inside the ellipse at San Jose 1. Some idiots were passing around a blunt during the war part of the show, but Edge gave them a bunch of dirty looks, so they stopped.



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I've never done that at a U2 show! The music is all I need

I take it you like my happy hearts?
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