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Does Regular Marijuana Smoking Lead to COPD?

By December 8, 2008

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Because marijuana is the second most commonly smoked substance in our society after tobacco, the answer to this question is not only relevant, but of vital importance.

Most of us are familiar with the pulmonary consequences of smoking cigarettes--COPD and lung cancer among the most prevalent accounting for nearly 300,000 deaths annually in the United States alone. But for those who regularly smoke marijuana, are the consequences comparable? Since marijuana includes many of the same respiratory irritants and cancer causing ingredients as cigarettes, it would be reasonable to hypothesize that the consequences of regularly smoking marijuana would be similar to those of tobacco.

In the November issue of Chest Physician, the association of regular marijuana smoking with chronic respiratory symptoms was examined in three published studies of young and middle aged adults residing in Los Angeles, California, Wellington, New Zealand and Tuscon, Arizona. All three studies showed a correlation between the smoking of marijuana and chronic bronchitis, independent of the effects of cigarette smoking.

In an additional study published by the Canadian Medical Journal, it was revealed that among those 40 and older, smokers were two-and-one-half times more likely than nonsmokers to develop COPD, while combining cigarette smoking and marijuana smoking boosted the odds of developing COPD to three-and one-half times the risk than those of non-smokers (of either cigarettes or marijuana). Essentially, this means that adding marijuana to the mix of cigarette smoking increases the chances of developing COPD by one-third. The study concluded however, that smoking only marijuana was not associated with an increased risk of respiratory symptoms or COPD.

The bottom line...if you have COPD, smoking cigarettes is bad, and combining cigarettes and marijuana is even worse. And, according to the Office of National Drug Control, not only does marijuana lead to serious health consequences, but it bears severe social and economic consequences, as well.

If you or someone you love smokes marijuana and cigarettes, encourage them to quit both today. There are many programs available to help.

Learn more about the May, 2008 study from The American Thoracic Society.

Read more about the health
effects of marijuana
.

Need help quitting marijuana? Visit Marijuana Anonymous.

Need help quitting smoking? Learn 10 tips to help you quit smoking.

Do you think smoking marijuana is bad? Please leave a comment and share your thoughts.


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Comments
December 8, 2008 at 8:53 pm
(1) Potbelly says:

You never mention how much the study group smoked to obtain these results. How much marijuana would I have to smoke to get COPD?

Thanks,

December 8, 2008 at 10:27 pm
(2) copd says:

Actuallly, I linked to the study from the American Thoracic Society, but perhaps I did not do so very clearly. The May, 2008 study does not readily identify to what degree you have to smoke marijuana to have it lead to COPD. The article in the November Chest Physician , which is not available online, talks more about your question as follows:

Of the three studies, the Los Angeles and Wellington study groups consisted of only heavy, habitual users while the study group in the Tucson cohort smoked significantly less marijuana, with an average mean of 8.3 years. The title of my article suggests that I am speaking about regular marijuana use, not just once or twice. The same for cigarettes. You can smoke one or two and be okay, but when it comes to smoking for years and years, you are going to have a problem later down the road.

Hope that helps. If not, I will try to clarify.

Deborah

December 8, 2008 at 10:42 pm
(3) Laura says:

I’m a 63 year old cigarette smoker. I am responsible for my own COPD. I have no excuses other than I enjoy smoking. So be it. It’s my own problem, no one else’s
I have had the sadness of watching one of my grandchildren almost ruin his life with the help of Marijuana.
Yes, I think it’s bad for you.

December 8, 2008 at 10:49 pm
(4) copd says:

I am so sorry to hear about your grandchild. I have someone in my life that is addicted to drugs, so I know how hard it is to watch. You can always vent in the forum. That’s what the forum is here for. Thanks for your comment.

December 9, 2008 at 1:10 am
(5) Lynne says:

Deborah, I am so glad you had the courage – yes courage in this world – to share these studies. Sadly, many who would argue them are younger, and the threat of lung diseases and lung cancer are far off. What may not be far off is the threat of something men fear far more than cancer. When I was an associate medical director of a chemical dependency unit, I shared some scary studies on marijuana and impotence with young men often. Why would they enjoy a habit that might require them to use Viagra sooner than their grandpas? If the loving approach fails, this could be a fun comment for grandmas to share with their grandsons that use marijuana!

December 10, 2008 at 12:28 am
(6) copd says:

Oh, you are so bad, Lynne. Thanks for stopping by. I did not know that smoking pot caused impotence. I know that smoking cigarettes causes vasoconstriction, which essentially is not a friend to the penis, as it generally requires vasodilation to work during intercourse but, does marijuana also, cause vasocontriction of the vessels? One has to wonder…..

January 1, 2009 at 2:31 pm
(7) Anonymous says:

Im worried because recently I have not been feeling well, though it is cold and flu season here. I am a frequent marijuana smoker for at least a few years and I am only 19. I have many of the symptoms of COPD and I have been sick for the last week and I am scared to go to my family doctor because of the situation. So I am not sure if im just sick with a regular cold or somthing worse. What should I do???

January 1, 2009 at 4:06 pm
(8) deborah says:

I would recommend that you go to the doctor. COPD, however, usually occurs in people over 50…it takes that much time for it to manifest itself. In can occur, however, in earlier years if people have Alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency. This is a genetic defect that causes a person to have a lack of AAT, which can lead to emphysema and other illnesses. If you are really concerned, go to your doctor and ask for a spirometry test, as well as a blood test for AAT deficiency. Hope that helps and here is the link to an article I wrote about AAT deficiency empysema:

http://copd.about.com/od/emphysema/a/AAT.htm

Let me know if you have any other questions.

Regards
Deborah, Your Guide to COPD

February 7, 2009 at 2:38 am
(9) cestbeau says:

My husband is nearing the end stages of COPD.He is in a wheelchair and also has many other medical problems. Having a couple of puffs of mariquana after dinner makes him breathe easier (relaxes the airways), cough up the excess phlegm he’s been fighting with all day and relax enough to carry on with an evening of having visitors, playing cards, talking to friends on the phone. In a nutshell mariquana has added to his quality of life!

February 7, 2009 at 3:35 pm
(10) copd says:

Hi There,

I mean no disrespect to you, or your husband, but in light of all the evidence against marijuana, I am sure there are better ways to open up the airways–like, bronchodilators, steam, humidifiers, and better ways to relax, like exercise and meditation, that won’t lead to a worsening of COPD….But, I assure you, marijuana does not open up the airways, in the long run, it is just like cigarettes, in fact, probably worse, and will lead to a worsening of his COPD symptoms and an earlier grave. I am sure you knew I would say all this stuff, but, I can show you countless studies to support what I say, and none to support that marijuana opens up the airways and helps people to breathe better. He may feel that the euphoric effect of the marijuana makes him feel relaxed, of course it does, but it will only make things worse in the long run. I have seen COUNTLESS people die from smoking in the ICU. It does not make a difference if it is pot, or cigarettes, they are both bad, especially if you have COPD. Smoking anything with COPD leads to respiratory failure and death. Do you want your husband to be on a ventilator gasping for breath in the last days of his life. If not, then please, educate yourself about this disease. Beside reading EVERYTHING on my site about COPD to help you, here are some links I urge you to read:

http://alcoholism.about.com/b/2008/08/05/heavy-marijuana-use-affects-learning-social-skills.htm

http://parentingteens.about.com/cs/marijuana/a/marijuana10_2.htm

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/02/070212184119.htm

http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/evidence99/marijuana/Health_1.html

Good luck!

February 15, 2009 at 2:16 am
(11) heartbroken mom says:

I just admitted my 18 year old son into the hospital today. His DX, severe pneumonia. And COPD he has been a heavy smoker for about a year and a half and over the last 4 or so yrs has smoked a great deal of marijuana. He has consistantly held the belief that “weed” didn’t have a negative impact on his lungs. He is now faced with a much more devistating statistic. While studies indicate those who smoke both cigarettes and “weed” are 3 and a half times more likely to develope COPD. For my son, the chances of developing COPD are 100 percent.
what a sad sad day for our family.

February 15, 2009 at 10:53 am
(12) copd says:

So sorry to hear about your son. The good news is, that although COPD is incurable, it is treatable. Has you son been diagnosed with COPD? This is unusual as he is very young to carry this diagnosis. Has he been tested for AAT deficiency? This is a genetic condition which can cause emphysema. I have written an article about it here:

http://copd.about.com/od/emphysema/a/AAT.htm

Good luck and let us know how things progress.

February 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm
(13) Hippie says:

Well you should ask modern society why so many people in order to cope with the everyday stress use various drugs including marijuana and alcohol.Life has became that fast,stresfull,competitive and unbearable that you cannot live your life without being subjugated to pressures at work,at home on the street or elsewere.All around there are commercials,tv,internet and all those lures that cannot leave you calm and satisfyed unless you are into something they suggest you should do in order to be cool.Together with all these darkness and depression around and corporational scum trying to squize all your money in order to get even richer and richer and to waste these for snorting coke,even these Pharmaceutical companies invent all kinds of medicine(that they want to promote as the best solution for your health,at least least harmful,only to profit).Do they try to stop the factory fumes pollution or they try to press the car industry not to use dangerous oil derivates that are the main reason for COPD.Instead of working on a more healthy life with less toxines and alternative energy methods-air is getting poluted,also the soil and the water.Marijuana will not suffocate you,it is a plant given from the sky to the soil to ease your life pressures and to calm your stressful life caused by all those corporal managers and bussines owners + filthy politicians that earn by your pain.The only thing that causes COPD is the pollution,dust,dirt,dust mites and stress and tobacco that brings billions of dollars to the companies that produce cigarettes.It is advisable that you smoke marijuana if it makes you feel better like in the cestbeau case,but the best advice is don’t smoke mary jane regularly but once in a while and not during the working day when your head needs to stay clear and your mind sharp-except maybe for holidays.It can better your appetite,give you help by giving you more insightful look on your life and others,it can ,at least momentaly ease your stress and pain,better than those pills that doctors prescribe-liver damagers and if you cannot inhale the harmful smoke try to ingest it oraly through cooking-there are various recipes for cookin with mary jane-and its the safest method.And my last advice is don’t believe the people in white(many of them haven’t heard about Hippocrats oath) except if you have a true doctor friend that really cares for your health and doesn’t look at you as his case that turns into bucks after you leave their office.

February 26, 2009 at 7:23 pm
(14) copd says:

While I admire your conviction about the benefits of smoking marijuana, I suggest that you do your research. Marijuana is almost as bad for your lungs as tobacco. And, studies support the fact that it can lead to COPD. While you are right about air pollution and smoking as major causes of COPD, there is no evidence to support you otherwise. And, I guess that smoking marijuana only once in a while is far better than smoking it regularly, which is the basis for most marijuana studies. While there are studies that support that even a few cigarettes a day can harm you, I am not aware of the effects of only smoking marijuana part of the time. But, who is to say what part of the time is. For some, that could be once a month, for others, once a week. If you want to smoke pot, fine, but please be conscious of the fact that it is not good for your overall health and stop justifying your actions. If you want to smoke it, noone is going to stop you. In the long run, however, I guarantee it will come back to haunt you and then some.

March 7, 2009 at 12:35 am
(15) Paul says:

I am a 18 year old man/boy that has been diagnosed with copd almost a year ago in I believe june of 08. I have smoked cig. For many years I started just as a kid and smoked ALOT of them. I also abused drugs including marijuanna for many years also, and I would smoke almost in a since of daily and large amounts at that. I quit smoking weed when i was 17 years old in july of 07, about a year later I was diagnosed with the COPD through lung test on the breathing equipment where they do the oxygen and stuff. I still smoke cig. and am stupid for doing so, I know I should quit it is just so hard. I know that it is rare to get COPD at such a young age but I am proof that marijuanna and cig. are not good to do. I prolly wont make it to 50 and maybe not even that long. I bid all who read this and are young quit now, and if you haven’t started dont. It is a bad habit and expensive and deadly, you might as well jump out of a plane with no shute. You will have a better death than eventually dieng a very painful death of a lung disease. Hopefully I don’t get lung cancer though, but if I do, its my abusive addictions that caused it, So please, Don’t smoke. It is BAD> and not fun when you get the after effects, they will affect you health wise obviously, But they will emotionally too.

March 15, 2009 at 12:01 am
(16) Chuck says:

Horses**t. I just finished reading the Wellington study and the conclusion was that,while there was some evidence to support marijuana as a contributing statistic to chronic bronchitis (which is an inflammation…makes sense)the statistics did NOT support the theory that marijuana contributed to COPD. In the “marijuana only” group no subjects showed any molecular changes indicating COPD, and the instance in the marijuana and tobacco group was actually slightly lower than in the tobacco group alone. Furthermore, I was reading a study last year which indicated that marijuana was the one mood-altering substance which did not cause the production of seratonin, which has been linked to addiction, and concluded that there is no physical evidence to support a theory that marijuana is physically addictive. The researchers hate to say it in such clear terms, but there it is. Could we stop disseminating misinformation regarding this substance, just because we want it to be so? Marijuana is not a “gateway drug”, it is not physically addictive, it does NOT contribute to impotence (do your homework, kids, that myth has been debunked), and so far it has not been shown to contribute significantly to COPD or lung cancer (and would not do so at all if ingested orally, instead of smoked). I’ve got COPD, and wish I lived somewhere like California, where I could test marijuana to see if it actually improved my condition, which I suspect it might.

March 21, 2009 at 6:38 pm
(17) Dude says:

Does using a vaporizer eliminate the harmfulness of smoking marajuana and if only used once a day, not lead to copd?

March 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm
(18) copd says:

Dude: I am not saying that smoking pot once a day is going to lead to COPD. Smoking anything that contains toxins, like tobacco or pot, can lead to lung conditions such as COPD, but it is not a given. It just puts you at higher risk. You can get COPD even if you don’t smoke and some people who smoke never get it.

Chuck: While I respect your opinion, I do not appreciate the cursing. Do you have children? Do you want your children or grandchildren to smoke pot? Marijuana is a drug, it is still illegal, and there are plenty of studies to support that it is addictive and not good for your lungs or brain and probably the rest of your body. It contains many of the same toxic chemicals that cigarettes do, and smoking enough of it will cause you problems, including the possibility of COPD. Of course, I think more studies are needed, but I am sure we will see those down the line. Thank you for your comment.

March 27, 2009 at 11:56 am
(19) Jim says:

Well I hate to get into morals of smoking marijuana.. but the bottom line is that there is much worse out there that agencies and law enforcement should be working on. We’ve all heard the arguements and they hold true – people are always going to find a way to smoke, why fight a battle that can’t be won?

I smoke daily yet I work out everyday, I’m fit, and I’m very productive at work. There are those that can handle it and there are those that cannot and should not be smoking. Unfortunately the fact remains that it is still illegal – which means that people caught with a little bit on them are going to jail – what a waste of resources at a time when the country is bailing out Wall Street and the companies that put us in this mess. Who knows – California and the feds already collect hundreds of thousands of dollars in taxes already anyway.

Sure there are adverse health affects to smoking, but you can say the same thing for people who eat twinkies and donuts for the last 25 years. Now.. I can sit here and say all this because I don’t have kids. So one may ask – would I want my child smoking marijuana? The answer is absolutely not – but there will come a day when they are pressured into trying it, and as long as they are knowledgeable and smart about how they handle the situation, I can’t ask for anything more but to explain the risks and ultimately let them make their own decision, because it will happen regardless.

May 22, 2009 at 6:37 am
(20) Jay says:

Reading through many of these messages, I still see much misinformation regarding Cannabis.

Without going into greater detail, when I read a line stating that Cannabis is a vasoconstrictor, I immediately lose interest.

There are several studies that demonstrate Cannabis as a vasodilator. Think about the studies regarding glaucoma. Think .

Without having the factual information presented, I fid it difficult to hold an uneven conversation with opinion on one side and fact on the other.

If you don’t condone the use of Cannabis, so be it, but there are plenty of things in life that can destroy living.

Also, the problem still remains, what causes what? Does a person’s life degrade simply from using Cannabis, or does a person’s already degraded life cause them to turn to something to make them feel better. You can’t tell me that one causes the other, as there are a dizzying array of variables that would need to be sorted out for any accuracy to ensue. Sociological problems occurs before most people even know what Cannabis is. Maybe we should address parenting moreso than substance abuse of any kind. Would people ultimately make different decisions with better parenting? Another hypothetical.

It was even mentioned that COPD can occur without any occurrence of smoking any substance. To think, I can be “good” my whole life and still die of something I tried to avoid by being “good.”

Slipping in the shower, crossing the street, mowing your lawn, visiting and unfriendly city, visiting a foreign country, sex, drinking, stress, eating, lack of sleep, swine flu, etc.

June 12, 2009 at 7:58 pm
(21) Cigarettes Suck says:

Listen, can you guys please do your research thoroughly before spreading false information on the internet?? Ok almost everything you guys have stated about Cannabis is so far from the truth it isn’t even funny, Chuck nailed some good points there, I smoke about 5-10 cigs a day and for the past month have smoked cannabis every day. Ok cannabis does not cause impotence, the only drug I have noticed cause performance issues for me is alcohol (guide edited out this part, sorry inappropriate). Also you say that you have “facts” or it has been “shown” that smoking weed can lead to copd.. ummm sorry but that is false. What has been shown is that the carcinogens caused by smoking weed is not the same as those caused by smoking cigs, burning and inhaling weed does not cause cancer in the lungs, this has been proven, here is the link. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6pBw0bgmgA

I’m not saying smoking Marijuana is a healthy thing to do, but it is not nearly as dangerous as you (edited out word) make it out to be. Another thing, it sucks that you guys have COPD, and i’m sure you guys hate life for it and need something to blame, but blame yourselves for not quitting CIGARETTES when you knew they kill you.. don’t blame a harmless freaking plant.. your COPD wasn’t from smoking weed.. it was from the cigarettes.. just because you smoked weed AND cigs doesn’t mean the weed had anything to do with you guys getting COPD.. there are however 2 variables.. weed isn’t one of them.. the first is the cigarettes.. the second is your own stupidity.

too harsh??

maybe, but honestly I hate seeing false lies spread about marijuana by ignorant people that know nothing of the subject.

June 12, 2009 at 8:49 pm
(22) copd says:

Thank you for your opinion. I am wondering, however, how old you are, if you don’t mind me asking? COPD usually does not occur until later in life and I am assuming that you may be a bit younger. Also, the studies I share here are supported by medical science. YouTube is not thought of among health care professionals to be a reliable resource for medical information. Here is another study just recently published about the dangers of pot and cigarettes:

http://copd.about.com/b/2009/04/20/combo-marijuana-and-tobacco-increases-risk-of-copd.htm

I am afraid I had to edit parts of your message because, you have to admit, some of it was not G-rated and we are not about hate mail here. We must respect other’s opinions, especially when the facts of medical science back them up. I don’t mind you posting comments, but keep them clean and respectful, you never know when a child may be looking at the site. Thank you.

June 13, 2009 at 6:38 am
(23) caleb says:

are there ways to smoke marijuana without getting copd or any other health problems?
could you use a humidifier, which would provide THC but no inhaltion of the smoke?

June 13, 2009 at 6:45 am
(24) caleb says:

Does “nutmeg” cause severe health problems when smoked?

June 13, 2009 at 12:48 pm
(25) copd says:

Caleb, I am sorry, but I really don’t know the answer to those questions. I have never been a smoker of either cigs or pot, but maybe you could ask your doctor. And, nutmeg? I have never even heard of smoking that. Are you serious!

June 13, 2009 at 5:22 pm
(26) copd says:

I received this comment from Jennifer Heisler, RN, About.com’s Guide to Surgery (www.surgery.about.com).

Here it is and boy is it informative:

As an organ procurement coordinator I can tell you that you can tell at a glance when a patient is a regular marijuana user. In situ, the lungs are visually worse with a regular marijuana user than regular cigarette smoker. It is also easy to differentiate between smokers lungs and marijuana smokers lungs, also at a quick glance. While neither is good, marijuana certainly makes the lungs look far worse.

In fact, our transplant surgeons are more likely to transplant lungs from a donor who was a 20 year cigarette smoker vs a daily 20 year pot smoker. The filter and the processing of tobacco makes a huge difference. I’ve also heard about fungal infections acquired from marijuana smoking, something I’ve never heard about from cigarettes.

I would have been shocked if the conclusion was that daily pot smoking did NOT lead to COPD.

Also, [Cigarettes Suck's] source, youtube, is typically not an accepted medical authority.

Thank you Jen, for your wonderful and insightful comment. I hope it opens many people’s eyes.

July 15, 2009 at 3:41 am
(27) Stoner says:

How is smoking marijuana medically worse than ciggerettes?

July 21, 2009 at 2:09 am
(28) copd says:

New studies find that pot and tobacco combo is the worst combination and increases the risk of COPD three-fold. Here is a blog about it:

http://copd.about.com/b/2009/04/20/combo-marijuana-and-tobacco-increases-risk-of-copd.htm

There are many studies that support the fact that pot alone is bad for you. Smoke from marijuana irritates the lungs just like cigarettes. Any type of respiratory irritant can cause lung damage, including tobacco, secondhand smoke, air pollution and exposure to harsh chemicals.

August 21, 2009 at 5:29 pm
(29) Dale says:

Greetings; just want to add acoupla cents… I’m a 51 year old white male. About 11 years ago, I noticed a sudden difficulty in drawing a breath. Now, a bit of my history is in order. I remember having 3 straight December episodes of what I was told was “childhood Bronchitis” that caused me to miss 2 weeks of school (age 11-13). At age 14, I became involved in bicycle racing and cross country running and better diet, and it all went away.

In our times, by age 21 (1979), I became a daily “visitor” of Ms. Jane. I used bongs with fresh water. This was mostly daily until about age 28 (although I wasn’t racing anymore, I did ride daily). From 29 to about 40 my use of grass was about 4 times per week (also my riding just about stopped and my aerobic lifestyle was pretty stoic and my diet turned “ugly American”).

This is when the breathing problem kicked in. At first, I was told “you have asthma” and I was issued a series of different inhaler “samples”. I had about 4 hospital visits (one early one morning where after I relaxed and dozed off, I had stopped breathing and needed to be intubated…I remember none of this! It was like I took a nap, woke up and saw some very worried people looking down at me!?).

After that, I got back on the bike and started pounding (stopped smoking and improved my diet). My breathing got better, and I dropped 20 pounds. I slept better too. But alas, I entered a stressful period where I had to tend to 2 children “on the spectrum” and a dying mother in law at the same time. I again stopped riding, ate poorly and toked almost daily. Of course, my weight gained back up, my breathing regressed and my anger tolerance became razor thin.

Lastly, after my latest (brief and minor)hospital stay, I moved to a healthier area, stopped toking and am starting to ride again. Today I got back my results of my spirometry test and was told that I have a “very mild form of COPD.”

I read “hippie”‘s post further up there and while I agree with about %90+ of it (and go further on some political parts), I would challenge him (her?) to emphasize more on aerobic exercise (just a little, 3-5 times a week), better diet, good rest and be as smoke free as you can. I cringe at the claims of smoking grass being more harmful than anything else (that “gateway theory”), but I will verify that putting ANYTHING foreign into your lungs is a very bad idea. I am still learning everyday, but my past has shown me that it’s best to try and be as close to “Mr. Natural” as you can.

Many thanks for publishing this piece, and providing this valuable forum. I enjoy the state of mind that derives from cannabis, but the effects of smoking are just not worth it (never smoked tobacco, thank God!). Life goes on, and while it may be a little less fun, it isn’t all about me anymore (maybe a good thing after all)…

August 21, 2009 at 9:24 pm
(30) copd says:

Dale,
Congratulation on quitting smoking Ms. Mary Jane. I am so glad your situation was not worse. As long as you continue to be a non-smoker, you should be able to live a long, long life, in spite of having mild disease. Good luck and thanks for your comment.

September 23, 2009 at 1:29 pm
(31) Jordan says:

i wonder if you’ll acknowledge this.

out of the 20 million american marijuana users, one man gets copd. marijuana has not been linked to any form of cancer. and is used by a host of athletes and successful bodies. i really wish people would stop trying to villanize marijuana, also, i read above that a grandmother watched her grand childs life get ruined over cannabis. i can assure any readers. that marijuana cannot and will not ever ruin your life, unless its being assisted by other terrible drugs, im tired of people viewing grass as this terrible thing. its virtually harmless. get off your high horse and just realize.

MARIJUANA IS THE GREATEST THING TO EVER COME INTO THIS DAMN EARTH, AND FOR SOMEONE TO STAND BY AND SAY ITS SOME HORRIBLE THING, IS JUST ABSURD. WAKE UP PEOPLE PLEASE FOR THE LOVE OF GOD WAKE UP

October 15, 2009 at 8:29 pm
(32) Steve says:

I recently had a chest x-ray and was told my lungs displayed characteristics of COPD. I have never smoked cigarettes but have smoked marijuana for 11 years. I am 53. Can 11 years cause COPD? One other factor is that I’ve been around smokers all my life, my Mom and both wives have been heavy smokers.

October 20, 2009 at 10:07 pm
(33) copd says:

Steve, I would be more apt to say that high levels of secondhand smoke exposure was the main contributor to your COPD, although, not sure if there are any studies that have done anything on pot and secondhand smoke, combined. Thanks for your comments.

November 9, 2009 at 1:52 am
(34) paul says:

are some people really that stupid first off i have smoker both pot and cigs i know cigs are bad for you it’s proven and just common since second off i knew smoking pot was bad for me when i first tried it but the cough and my eyes almost bursting out of my head think of it as your body saying “I don’t like this ” if you wanna smoke weed and think it’s not bad for you that is just foolish . my best friend thinks pot is so much better for you and from expeirence you can’t tell people like that any different but i’m sure they will find out someday .

November 12, 2009 at 6:58 pm
(35) Dale says:

Greetings all…I hope everyone’s doing great! I checked in and read a few offerings and feel a need for an update and clarification.

First off, the comment “out of the 20 million american marijuana users, one man gets copd.” I sure hope wasn’t directed at me. While I smoked pretty heavy for about 30 years, I frequently took “breaks” where I abstained for a few weeks at a time. Also of equal importance (IMHO), I abused my lungs (and body) in many other ways. I gas weld. acetylene fumes emit some serious stuff and burning anything emits gaseous carbon (except hydrogen). I also have used air sprayers for both automotive and wood finishes. Frequently, I didn’t protect myself with masks. I’ve also carelessly exposed myself unprotected to solvents, fuels and airborne sawdust.

ALL NOT GOOD!!

I am wiser now, and hopefully not too late. I’m taking an airbrush class now, and the instructor (my age) went much of this safety protocol and said flatly “many of the people I worked with are dead now. That ought to wake one up!

My bottom line is not to rush to any judgment or conclusions, but the take care of yourselves out there, folks! Take a hit or two and enjoy the day. But make them few and far between. Protect yourselves in industrial applications. Do work out and get your heart moving 3-5 times a week. Eat right. Get your rest. Take care…

January 23, 2010 at 8:34 am
(36) Christopher says:

While it does seam reasonable to presume marijuana smoking and COPD are correlated it should be noted that of the 14 major studies conducted none have been able to prove a link. There is a review out of Yale which states this quite clearly as well as a study out of UCLA. One main problem is the vast majority of marijuana smokers are also or were also cigarette smokers. Another issue is that it is hard to trust the amount of marijuana smoking reported by the people participating. While I certainly would bet my money on it being bad there seems no link between it and emphysema but perhaps on chronic bronchitis. I recommend going to science daily I believe to review scientific articles. The one mentioned here out of Vancouver I believe was a good study as the age of those studied was older but it is the first study out of 14 that shows any link and also had very few marijuana alone smokers in it. Personally for me it just seems to be smart to avoid it.. I do not need the proof

February 3, 2010 at 12:54 pm
(37) Dan In Denver says:

I’m 51yrs old. I smoked cigarettes for 35yrs. quitting 4yrs ago after being diagnosed with mild COPD. I still smoke pot and have for 35yrs. (starting both because of peer pressure). I am going to have a PFT today because my Dr. recommended it after a brief hospitalization for Ishcemic(sp) colitis. They want to see 90s on your pulse ox here. Mine varied between 85 and 92. I sing and play guitar almost everyday. I’m not talking choir music here. ZZTop, Aerosmith, etc. I use my lungs. The only times I get REALY out of breath is above 8000ft (sea level) when I go Elk Hunting. I will start using my vaporizer more often than “smoking” because NOONE has mentioned ANY correlation between tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the psychoactive ingredient in Marijuana) and ANY kind of illness. The problems start when you inhale the carcinogens in the smoke itself. This device does not produce smoke of any kind when used properly. It vaporizes the THC and does not burn the material that is left after the THC is purely removed in this process.

COPD, would you please do a study or research the use of this delivery system and give your thoughts on this relatively new form of ingestion of marijuana. I believe the “Health Professionals” around the world should do a massive study on this type of delivery system and publish the true findings of such.

I have epilepsy and sever back pain due to spondylosis. I have not seen any improvements with my epilepsy issues but have seen my intake of Diluadid go down significantly.
Your thoughts?

February 10, 2010 at 1:01 am
(38) mitchell piispanen says:

I am a healthy individual, i eat right and am a certified personal trainer. I was a smoker from the time i was 18- 25 and thats being generous. i also smoked marijuana for the same amount of time. I have developed chronic bronchitis because of this. When i get a cold, a secondary infection occurs in my lungs causing them to fill up with fluid. it does not matter what i do every time i get sick it leads to bronchitis. my advice to everyone who “pedestals” marijuana is that you are wrong. mrijuana is extremely harmful to your lungs. and if you have developed chronic bronchitis the only thing i can say is STOP SMOKING ANYTHING. its not hard everyone wants you to think its hard. its a mental block, you can quit anytime, as i did. just quit! i read that 50% of people diagnosed with copd die within 10 years of being diagnosed. stay away from anyone with a cold wear gloves when you go anywhere. and a particle mask when in confined spaces with people. many people are casual carriers of viruses meaning that they don’t get sick but carry the virus on thier clothing and other places. I am taking these precautions from now on.. do not live with any roomates, they don’t understand your illness and don’t care they will go party and not give a shit about how sick YOU might get from them going out and socializing with the low-lifes. eat healthy green stuff or get the maximum greens tablets from gnc and take at least half a one per day. STAY OUT OF BARS, these places are loaded with smokers and others who frequently get sick from thier socializing, if you have to drink do so at home. wash your hands before eating or cooking anything. sanitize your living environment twice a week or more. do not wear dirty clothes, do not go to any gyms, get a wieght set and a treadmill if necessary. when at work, take note of anyone coughing or sniffling and stay away from them or any surface they might have touched. if they get in your face or lean over and breathe on you thats grounds for a solid punch to the nose if you ask me. or tell them to BACK THEE F UP. If you feel the lump in your throat that indicates a cold is coming on, take a multivitamin and a jug of water and hit the sack RIGHT AWAY, rest for at least 8-12 hours until the lump is gone. stay away from dirty people/ people with children. if you walk into someone’s home and can tell it has been a spell since they have cleaned the place get the heck out of there asap. as far as thier opinion goes?…screw-em! you don’t have to explain yourself! because ultimately you are the one who will pay for it if you do not. don’t be kissing any bar flies they are THE WORSE at spreading stuff! just be very skeptical of anyone who touches you. be aware of your surroundings at all times. mental notes, always keep in the back of your mind that if you get sick you might be on a one way trip to your maker! so grill everybody right away, ask.. have you been sick lately? when is the last time? is anyone you know sick? if a friend calls you up and asks whats up with a sniffle and a cough tell them to call you back in a month, because the virus can live on thier clothing for 2-3weeks. i hope this helps everyone out there who suffers from this. thanks

February 20, 2010 at 12:38 pm
(39) tex says:

My brother is on 2 types of inhalers and a pill for COPD yet he continues to smoke pot! He had a terrible back ache and had to have an MRI which he hasn’t got the diagnosis yet. He also has red spots that are knots on his side and back. Could this be related to COPD and continued marijuana use?

March 11, 2010 at 4:31 pm
(40) Larushka says:

I was diagnosed with bronchiectasis about 6 years ago. I was a moderate cigarette smoker in my late teens early 20s. Gave up and have not smoked since. I am now 58. A year ago, I became a “legal” medical mj user in California, and grow my own organic product. I use an inhaler, and inhale about twice a week. I find this definitely helps clear the mucus out of my lungs, sometimes better than my inhaler. A couple of weeks ago, I went for my annual pulmonary check-up. My oxygenation was 100%. The nurse said she had NEVER seen any of their patients recover to that level. You can, and depending on your bias, will, draw your own conclusion as to whether the mj inhaling has helped me to recover my oxygenation levels. Just saying….

March 19, 2010 at 7:14 pm
(41) glasnost says:

Well Done! I Like it!

May 31, 2010 at 3:24 pm
(42) Informable Youth says:

I did some additional research beyond this blog and very quickly found accessible journal publications expanding on this topic. I find it is best to read the publication itself, at least the abstract. The information will be much more dense but how the study was done, who it was done by, and who participated are just some of the vital questions one must to ask before taking any scientific finding to heart.

http://ajrccm.atsjournals.org/cgi/content/abstract/155/1/141
“Heavy habitual marijuana smoking does not cause an accelerated decline in FEV1 with age”

This study shows that FEV1 does not differ significantly in their trial of marijuana vs. non-marijuana users. They suggest FEV1 can be a measure for development of COPD.

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/content/full/180/8/797
“Does smoking marijuana increase the risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?”

This is a longitudinal study that cites both the article in this blog as well as the article linked above in this comment. It concludes that not nearly enough research has been done but marijuana use alone “probably does not lead to COPD”.

Do the reading for yourself. Interpret the studies being done as best you can. Form your own intelligent conclusions by utilizing all the information we have been given access to. Most importantly, Live your life.

June 6, 2010 at 4:42 am
(43) Vaporizing is a scam says:

I smoked cigarettes for almost 4 years and quit 5 months ago. I have been smoking weed regularly for 4 years as well and have not quit that but reduced my intake. I can tell you that combined, cigs and weed will kill you quickly. I got bronchitis just after 1 year and had it about 3 times in total during this period. Once I quit smoking cigs I got rid of my shortness of breath which was starting to scare me. I started using a high end vaporizer but it messed up and inflamed my throat and lungs badly in totally new ways. I think smoking or vaporizing anything is harmful. My advice is that you drink or eat your Marijuana as this plant does have some benefits and is a much better relaxant than alcohol. Because the effects are stronger when ingested, you will automatically reduce your intake and break the smoking addiction. Yes smoking Marijuana was highly highly addictive for me. People who say otherwise are not regular pot smokers or are smoking pocket lint.

June 11, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(44) Melissa says:

Your “article” is wrong. There has never been ONE proven case of someone getting COPD from Marijuana use WITHOUT smoking cigarettes also. Marijuana has NEVER killed anyone either, unlike cigarettes and alcohol. Marijuana has been used as a medicine for thousands, YES thousands of years. “I have had the sadness of watching one of my grandchildren almost ruin his life with the help of Marijuana.
Yes, I think it’s bad for you.” And what this lady wrote right there, you watched your GRANDSON almost ruin his life, yes your GRANDSON cause he abused the marijuana, if you treat it like you would heroin then yes you will have a problem, if you treat it like a medicine, something that will help you through medical problems then NO it wont ruin your life. people SERIOUSLY need to look up the REAL FACTS ON MARIJUANA instead of just listening to what society has told them. http://www.drugpolicy.org/marijuana/factsmyths/ read it and learn it.

June 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm
(45) Melissa says:

“And COPD he has been a heavy smoker for about a year and a half and over the last 4 or so yrs has smoked a great deal of marijuana”
You so realize you said he has been a heavy SMOKER and smoked marijuana. SO again i ask for a case of someone that smokes JUST marijuana with COPD, that has never smoked A CIGARETTE

July 8, 2010 at 9:17 pm
(46) Joe says:

This makes no sense. It says smoking cigs gives a risk of developing COPD to 2 1/2 times normal. With marijuana
and cigs 3 1/2 times normal. Then says cigs are bad and marijuana is worse. How, when cigs give a 1 1/2 times risk
and with marijuana you add 1 more time. It shows the cigs are worse and doesn’t tell of the risk of marijuana without cigs.

Just more Reefer Madness

July 8, 2010 at 9:20 pm
(47) Joe says:

Heavy habitual marijuana smoking does not cause an accelerated decline in FEV1 with age

DP Tashkin, MS Simmons, DL Sherrill and AH Coulson
Department of Medicine, UCLA Schools of Medicine and Public Health, Los Angeles, CA 90095-1690, USA.

To assess the possible role of daily smoking of marijuana in the development of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), we evaluated the effect of habitual use of marijuana with or without tobacco on the age-related change in lung function (measured as FEV1) in comparison with the effect of nonsmoking and regular tobacco smoking. A convenience sample of 394 healthy young Caucasian adults (68% men; age: 33 +/- 6 yr; mean +/- SD) including, at study entry, 131 heavy, habitual smokers of marijuana alone, 112 smokers of marijuana plus tobacco, 65 regular smokers of tobacco alone, and 86 nonsmokers of either substance were recruited from the greater Los Angeles community. FEV1 was measured in all 394 participants at study entry and in 255 subjects (65 %) on up to six additional occasions at intervals of > or = 1 yr (1.7 +/- 1.1 yr) over a period of 8 yr. Random-effects models were used to estimate mean rates of decline in FEV1 and to compare these rates between smoking groups. Although men showed a significant effect of tobacco on FEV1 decline (p < 0.05), in neither men nor women was marijuana smoking associated with greater declines in FEV1 than was nonsmoking, nor was an additive effect of marijuana and tobacco noted, or a significant relationship found between the number of marijuana cigarettes smoked per day and the rate of decline in FEV1. We conclude that regular tobacco, but not marijuana, smoking is associated with greater annual rates of decline in lung function than is nonsmoking.

These findings do not support an association between regular marijuana smoking and chronic COPD but do not exclude the possibility of other adverse respiratory effects.

July 12, 2010 at 4:37 am
(48) Joe says:

Your comment from Jennifer Heisler, RN, means nothing!

This is one person’s hearsay. What something looks like is not a scientific description. This doesn’t tell anything.
Who smoked what and what other factors were involved?
Were the pot smokers also cig smokers? Did they eat a diet high on fat and red meat?

This is non sense. It shows this whole thing lacks any credibility.

July 12, 2010 at 4:42 am
(49) Fred says:

1) Most marijuana smokers smoke the bud, not the leaf, of
the plant. The bud contains only 33% as much tar as tobacco.
2) Marijuana smokers do not smoke anywhere near as much as
tobacco smokers, due to the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
3) Not one case of lung cancer has ever been successfully
linked to marijuana use.
4) Cannabis, unlike tobacco, does not cause any narrowing of
the small air passageways in the lungs.
In fact, marijuana has been shown to be an expectorant and
actually dilates the air channels it comes in contact with. This
is why many asthma sufferers look to marijuana to provide relief.
Doctors have postulated that marijuana may, in this respect, be
more effective than all of the prescription drugs on the market.
Studies even show that due to marijuana’s ability to clear
the lungs of smog, pollutants, and cigarette smoke, it may
actually reduce your risk of emphysema, bronchitis, and lung
cancer. Smokers of cannabis have been shown to outlive non-
smokers in some areas by up to two years. Medium to heavy
tobacco smokers will live seven to ten years longer if they also
smoke marijuana.
Cannabis is also radically different from tobacco in that it
does not contain nicotine and is not addictive. The psychoactive
ingredient in marijuana, THC, has been accused of causing brain
and genetic damage, but these studies have all been disproven.
In fact, the DEA’s own Administrative Law Judge Francis Young has
declared that “marijuana in its natural form is far safer than
many foods we commonly consume.”

July 12, 2010 at 4:44 am
(50) Joe says:

1) Most marijuana smokers smoke the bud, not the leaf, of
the plant. The bud contains only 33% as much tar as tobacco.
2) Marijuana smokers do not smoke anywhere near as much as
tobacco smokers, due to the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
3) Not one case of lung cancer has ever been successfully
linked to marijuana use.
4) Cannabis, unlike tobacco, does not cause any narrowing of
the small air passageways in the lungs.
In fact, marijuana has been shown to be an expectorant and
actually dilates the air channels it comes in contact with. This
is why many asthma sufferers look to marijuana to provide relief.
Doctors have postulated that marijuana may, in this respect, be
more effective than all of the prescription drugs on the market.
Studies even show that due to marijuana’s ability to clear
the lungs of smog, pollutants, and cigarette smoke, it may
actually reduce your risk of emphysema, bronchitis, and lung
cancer. Smokers of cannabis have been shown to outlive non-
smokers in some areas by up to two years. Medium to heavy
tobacco smokers will live seven to ten years longer if they also
smoke marijuana.
Cannabis is also radically different from tobacco in that it
does not contain nicotine and is not addictive. The psychoactive
ingredient in marijuana, THC, has been accused of causing brain
and genetic damage, but these studies have all been disproven.
In fact, the DEA’s own Administrative Law Judge Francis Young has
declared that “marijuana in its natural form is far safer than
many foods we commonly consume.”

July 16, 2010 at 3:05 pm
(51) Maxwell says:

You may want to look up a man named Dr. Tashkin. He is the leading expert on the medical effects of marijuana smoke on the human body. The most recent studies done indicate that, not only does Marijuana not contribute to lung cancer, it actually reduces ones chances of developing the disease. Lung cancer is much worse than COPD. Further, Tashkin’s research into the connection you are discussing have shown a negative connection between THC and COPD in humans. You’re skewing the results of the studies to fit your own agenda. You should apologize to the many doctors and sponsors who gave their time and resources to doing real science so that you could manipulate their findings.

September 19, 2010 at 12:41 pm
(52) Bear says:

Dr. Donald Tashkin is a pulmonologist and lead government researcher at the David Geffen school of medicine at UCLA. He was hired by our government to establish a link between lung dysfunction, cancer, and the use of cannabis. To the dismay of our government he has been unable to establish that link after 30 years of longitudinal studies. In short, he is an expert in this subject and found that long term cannabis usage does not cause cancer or copd. Please stop the propaganda or just say it is your opinion. What you are promulgating is not the truth.

September 19, 2010 at 1:01 pm
(53) Deborah says:

Clearly, you are not reading the post, nor visiting the referenced information. There are many studies which say that smoking marijuana has many detrimental effects. I have cited only a few. Where is your research on the subject? Published studies? Please provide us a link to this doctor’s documented research to back up what you are saying.

October 6, 2010 at 3:39 am
(54) Kate says:

I wanted to add that I recently got out of a relationship with a 58 year old man who is a heavy user of marijuana. I tried very hard to get him to use only a vaporizer and bought him a vaporizing type portable pipe even. He still has to smoke out of everyone’s bowl at the events he performs at – just to be cool and polite. He still smokes his joints to get a different effect (as his tolerance has gone up) and I have noticed his color looks awful, he coughs all the time, he’s slow moving, he wheezes and seems tired going up and down stairs. Not all the time, but sometimes it’s more noticeable than others. I am glad I am rid of him. He also turned out to be a closet alcoholic and I think the smoking and the drinking are going to cause him problems in the next few years or less. And he has never smoked cigarettes. I am of the conclusion as well, that a vaporizer doesn’t do all that much good if one has to use it five times a day. The junk that shows up in his balloon doesn’t look too great either.

October 6, 2010 at 3:45 am
(55) Kate says:

Here is the other thing – when he went to get his MMJ license, they do an educational talk and they encouraged him NOT to smoke it, that edibles were the best next to a vaporizer or tinctures. So if even the MMJ Clinics are saying so…maybe one should pay attention to the overall consensus. OK, so they have not found a direct link in some studies, but cannabis smoked has many combustibles and combustibles are not good for the lungs, plain and simple.

October 23, 2010 at 10:02 pm
(56) Drug prohibition success says:
October 24, 2010 at 7:03 am
(57) Mr. Timm says:

There are other things besides THC in Cannabis. Don’t automatically assume that just because THC hasn’t been shown to be harmful, that the other components won’t hurt you. Do a little research on CBN, CBD, and THCV as well. And as Dale pointed out above, all good things are better in moderation.

October 24, 2010 at 12:20 pm
(58) drug prohibition success says:

http://www.cmaj.ca/cgi/reprint/180/8/814

this is poor research?

for the record, i use a vaporizer, and make special brownies, since i never really thought putting smoke in one’s lungs was a good thing

it’d be so convenient if i could use a mouth spray like the ones in those britain labs

December 7, 2010 at 4:11 pm
(59) Dave G. says:

I have COPD. My FEV1 was 53% I believe at my last Pulmo appointment. I’ve quit smoking cigarettes several years ago. I also use a little bit of weed ( approx. 3-4 days a week during the evening hours only), but I use a Vaporizer.
Is it safe now or must I convert to brownies (which I would hate to do).

January 15, 2011 at 12:00 am
(60) Jimi says:

I am 62 and was just today diagnosed as having “the beginnings” of COPD. I started smoking cigarettes at
11 years old and quit 32 years ago. I have smoked Pot regularly since I was 17. I “got the vibe” about 10 years ago that if i kept smoking Pot I would end up with an oxygen tank. I quit for 2 years, but since just about everybody I know is a Pot amoker, little by little, I started getting back into it.
I understand the folks who deny harmful effects from Pot, because of the wonderful psychological effects it posesses. As I did smoke cigs for nearly 20 years, I couldn’t say that Pot “caused” my present state. However, in my present state, I KNOW FROM MY OWN EXPERIENCE that to continue smoking it will result in a worsening of my condition. BUMMER! I have read many of the studies, and would love to believe that smoking Pot does not affect my lungs, but I am living the reality of the consequences of smoking a lot for a long time.
If you like smoking Pot, as I have, that’s cool, but try to use a sensible amount, with awareness that EVERYTHING has some negative side, and that Pot is no
exception.

March 1, 2011 at 10:32 pm
(61) chris says:

Will using a vaporizer to inhale the pot take away the chance of getting COPD?

March 25, 2011 at 3:47 am
(62) michael says:

Dr. Donald Tashkin (UCLA) – “I’d be in favor of legalization”
May 2009
http://current.com/news/90058270_dr-donald-tashkin-ucla-id-be-in-favor-of-legalization.htm

” UCLA’s Tashkin studied heavy marijuana smokers to determine whether the use led to increased risk of lung cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD. He had hypothesized that there would be a definitive link between cancer and marijuana smoking, yet the results proved otherwise.

“What we found instead was no association and even a suggestion of some protective effect,” says Tashkin, whose research was the largest case-control study ever conducted. The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health. “

May 27, 2011 at 3:48 pm
(63) Ariel says:

http://www.marijuanalibrary.org/brain2.html

YOUR BRAIN IS PROGRAMMED TO PROCESS POT

The recent discovery of a cannabinoid receptor system in the human brain has revolutionized research on marijuana and cannabinoids, and definitively proven that marijuana use does not have a dependence or addiction liability (“Marijuana and the Human Brain,” March 1995 High Times). Marijuana, it turns out, affects brain chemistry in a qualitatively different way than addictive drugs.

Drugs of abuse such as heroin, cocaine, amphetamines, alcohol and nicotine affect the production of dopamine, an important neurotransmitter which chemically activates switches in the brain that produce extremely pleasurable feelings. Drugs that affect dopamine production produce addiction because the human brain is genetically conditioned to adjust behavior to maximize dopamine production. This chemical process occurs in the middle-brain, in an area called the striatum, which also controls various aspects of motor control and coordination.

Dr. Miles Herkenham of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and his research teams have made the fundamental discoveries behind these findings, and finally contradicted well-known marijuana cynic Gabriel Nahas of Columbia University. Supported in the 1980s by the antidrug group Parents Research Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE), Nahas has long argued that marijuana affects the middle-brain, justifying its prohibition.

Now Herkenham and his associates have proven that marijuana has no direct effect on dopamine production in the striatum, and that most of the drug’s effects occur in the relatively “new” (in evolutionary terms) region of the brain – the frontal cerebral cortex. There is now biological evidence that far from being the “gateway” to abusive drugs, marijuana is instead the other way to get high – the safe way.

June 7, 2011 at 1:58 pm
(64) Ryan says:

Hey Marijuana smokers, if you actually believe this RN and her “study” (which I cannot access the URL of)? Rastafarians have been smoking daily for ages and there is no epidemic of COPD. But if you are still concerned, keep in mind that Cannabis is edible.

June 7, 2011 at 2:28 pm
(65) copd says:

Ryan, thank you for letting me know that the link was broken. I have fixed it and, it is not MY study. It was published in the Canadian Medical Journal. Also, the study cites the dangers of combining cigarettes and pot, together. It does not talk about smoking pot alone.

June 26, 2011 at 7:20 pm
(66) john says:

science don’t know much about what pot does to you and it knows about as much as the medication they make to treat you with. corticosteroids are used to treat asthma copd enfasema pnemonia many types of pain and any kind of emflamation. this list goes on for ever. i took prednisone and almost smothered to death. it took 4 months to get better. then people think they DO have copd when it’s the medication. or fibermyalsia or lupus. that stuff did the craziest things to me. and if you been puffing flovent 220 for years there is no way you will ever get off of it. your adrenal gland shriveled up into a crusty raisin. and will never secrete any of the 50 hormones ever again. and flood your body with stress hormones that take years to get rid of which i’m sure are just great for asthma. deficating with trigger an attack!!!

July 24, 2011 at 6:34 pm
(67) carmen lazo says:

copd
I am 24 have smoked marijuana since I was 13 and have asthmatic bronchitis. I smoked cigarettes on and off 2 years from age 18-20. I now get lung infections easily (instead of colds) since about age 19 and recently, since I had my son, cough up blood when I am menstruating and cough up even more if I exercise vigorously (running) when menstruating.
Is this COPD?

July 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm
(68) copd says:

Hi Carmen,

Only a doctor can diagnose you with COPD. You need to have a spirometry test to get diagnosed. Here is a link that tells you the process of how they make a COPD diagnosis:

http://copd.about.com/od/copd/a/diagnosis.htm

Here is another link on COPD symptoms:

http://copd.about.com/od/signsandsymtpomsofcopd/tp/COPD-Symptoms-.htm

I hope you get to the doctor soon.

July 27, 2011 at 2:45 am
(69) auntieM says:

Praise God for the gift of cannabis! Long live MaryJane & her constituents!

Bless all of you well-meaning, but decidedly biased individuals that do not support the responsible use of marijuana, i’m sure you believe in your presentations of mj as having a negative impact on our overall health. However, i am not inclined to agree with you. i am thankful that i live in CA where medical marijuana is available & i have been granted a prescription (for pain relief from arthritis, this allows me to get some sleep). i battle asthma/copd/emphysema due to smoking 1.5 – 2 packs of cigs for 29 yrs (i quit in ’98, then suffered respiratory/cardiac arrest twice in Feb 2000) one might think i should never consider smoking mj – but i do. i submit for your consideration an interesting experience i had 2 days ago (which illustrates another way i’ve benefitted from smoking mj) — while visiting my family in Las Vegas i have been unable to do my daily walks of 3-4 miles due to the extreme heat & humidity that is a part of the “monsoon” season here, but my sis has a pool so i decided to get my workout in the water. That also proved quite difficult – until i took a couple of puffs of mj — long story short, i was able to do a great workout in the water (with a level of intensity i’d previously been unable to achieve) for over 30 minutes & felt energized when i was finished! i was VERY surprised by that!

July 27, 2011 at 2:47 am
(70) auntieM says:

this is the rest of my initial diatribe: Listen to your own body people – no doubt mj will not be found effective in all cases but my experience has been a positive & i hate seeing cannabis demonized by some who possibly have their own axe to grind, or are driven by fear. As long as disease exists on our planet, there will be all sorts of “medicines” available to treat them (ever watch some of those drug ads on tv? The list of potential side effects for the majority of them are more often than not worse than the diseases they were “created” to fight). Isn’t it just marvelous that God gave us plants for our food & medicine? i believe in the use of marijuana & love that it is not the manufactured product of some pharmaceutical company — it grows from seed & requires no “processing” other than to dry it out if you choose to smoke it… Thanks for letting me post.

July 27, 2011 at 3:02 am
(71) ellen says:

p.s. just want to add that i think a vaporizer is best if you have lung issues & choose to smoke mj. Also, over-using anything can have a detrimental effect on the body & some copd patients may not have a positive health experience by smoking the medicine. Contrary to what one might expect with a diagnosis of asthma/copd/emphysema, my ability to function & breathe has improved over the past year – i attribute this improvement mainly to walking 3-4 miles per day, 5-6 times per week, and though i won’t say that there is a direct correlation to mj use and improved lung function, i can say that it hasn’t caused me to suffer further deterioration (so far). Thanks again. God bless.

July 28, 2011 at 3:24 am
(72) Mr. Gibbs says:

I was pressured into inhaling 2 or 3 puffs from a pipe filled with weed a couple of weeks ago. Before then, I haven’t smoked marijuana for 11 years. And I’m curious to know what, if any, harmful effects may have been done to me?

August 9, 2011 at 7:43 am
(73) the wife says:

My husband was diagnosed with early stage copd in february- he has never smoked a cigarette in his life but has been smoking weed since high school. Like most of your posters he is in complete denial which will ultimately kill him. He’s had second opinions which confirm the original dx but still he smokes many times a day. My heart is breaking as he’s a very vital active 57 year old who I know is killing himself and its hard to watch. Like many posters here he thinks weed is a harmless medicinal herb and he too has read on the internet that smoking pot doesn’t cause copd or cancer. It is early stage now and I know if he just quit his lifestyle would never be impacted. like many posters here he cannot give it up. Call it addiction if you can…. I’m sure weed is no more capable of being addictive than it is of causing copd. This is not the hippy skippy weed of the 1970s. He’s been smoking medical grade marijuana since we made that legal in our state a few years ago… a compassionate measure passed here for cancer patients and other very ill folks. My husband- along with countless others buys it from a Guy with”back pain”. You can say you are only hurtling yourself but if you are blessed to have people who love you that is not the case. No one knows he has this as they don’t know he “smokes” how does a nonsmoker get copd? How do I explain this to ourkids? I guess they will figure it out when he starts dragging that tank around…. I just wanted to write in and confirm YES it IS possible to get this disease without ever smoking cigarettes. ..wait five or ten years and we enlightened folks of California can give you all the research patients you need- folks are conducting important research for. you right around the corner from my house at one of the five or six dispensaries in my neighborhood.

September 19, 2011 at 12:08 am
(74) Quinn says:

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Everything i said is my opinion or based on facts from other soyrces. What i said isnt just about marijuana… Its that and everything else in this game we call life. Have fun!

September 19, 2011 at 1:42 pm
(75) pothead says:

“not only does marijuana lead to serious health consequences, but it bears severe social and economic consequences, as well” The only problem with this statement is.. Everything. See the only reason why marijuna is a social problem is because everyone in the U.S is brainwashed into thinking that its a bad drug because its illegal and causes drastic changes in health. The economic problem about marijuna is that its not used wisely as a commercial product for the government. In california it produces $32 billions of dollars. By Obvious means it can bring more money in than alchohol and cigs, if it was legal EVERYWHERE. The cig company and alchohol company here in the U.S is paying congress to maintain the harrison act. Politicans go against a plant that has so many benitfits that i bet if it was legalized It would end world hunger. How? The seeds of the plant produces protein and essitenial fatty acids, similar to those found in the human blood. Not only that it can also prevent heart disease. Not only does it benifit the health of humans but can also create jobs. The canvas can be made into many shorts of items such as clothes, carseats, paper, etc. The seeds also can replace oil production, It can lower the greenhouse effect, make the soil better for more farming. This plant has so many uses and yet we demonize it as “a gateway drug”. I am a pothead. Cigerities yeah sure it cause cancer and all those lungs and physical health withdrawals and whatnot. But with marijuna.. Please.. I dare you to show me a report on who died from using it. You say heavy users are more of risk of dying from marijuna than cigerite users. The negative thing about marijuna is that it can be mental addictive but not physical. I am and still will be a marijuna user until i die. Ive done it for 5 years started at 12 and now im 17. Yet i am in good health metally and physically. Idk im done about this false bull.

October 8, 2011 at 9:22 pm
(76) copd says:

Being only 17, I would think that you have a lot to learn about addiction and the long-term effects of smoking marijuana. But, good luck with smoking till you die. I would imagine you will have very few brain cells left by the time you reach a ripe old age if you continue to smoke pot on a regular basis.

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(77) Spencer says:

Of course the office of natural drug control would say that. I do not believe this study at all just a bunch of bull the government made up to stop people from smoking weed. People use it for good health causes and it’s less harmful that an advil (a REAL study from doctors who have been studying the effects of marijuana their whole lives). It is actually a proven fact that a puff off a spliff a day lowers your chance of brain tumors. Just sayin. You be the judge.

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I have copd i was diagnosed after suffering congestive heart failure………. I quit smoking while i was in the hospital ( forced to) no aids were given to me cold turkey…. Was on oxygen for a month was told i also have emphazema ……. my question is to anyone who knows why i gained so much weight and i mean i went from 130 to over 180 and i try so hard to ride my bike as often and as much as i can only to get on a scale and watch the pounds pile on………..I no longer eat the junk foods i use to when i smoked and was skinnier i try to eat all the good foods told to eat to maintain my calorie count but the pounds keep coming on I do not understand cause all the pulmonay folks I know are all skinny everyone but me I am so depressed that eventually I know i will die but was hoping to enjoy my last few years at a weight i fought to get down to by riding my bike 3 to 4 hours a day and now 1 mile a day is all i can manage withoput colapsing onto a sofa

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(81) Johnny Bong says:

I think any smoke that you inhale into your lungs will eventually do damage. If you need the effects of THC for medical reasons, just use it in the form of food or drink. Your lungs will thank you down the road. I think I have COPD and it sucks real bad. Hard to breath with inflamed lungs and wheezing. Lots of mucas and phlegm coming out of my mouth when I cough. Smoking anything is not good for your lungs.

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(82) Lee says:

herbs are good for everything..why! why? these people who want to do so much good for the world that call themselves governments and this and that, why do they say you must not use the herb? you must not use because it will make you rebel. against what?! and the whole world confuses you, herb gives you time for your self if you use it. erb is more of a consciousness. the majority of the people want it. Rasta is the future. Bob Marley.
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(83) steven says:

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Check out this study! No Long-Term Lung Damage from Marijuana

http://news.yahoo.com/no-long-term-lung-damage-marijuana-study-104412373.html

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(91) Neal Feldman says:

If cannabis smoking creates all these serious health problems that are lethal, why is it that no one can produce even a SINGLE credibly documented case since the beginning of time that clearly shows that smoking cannabis killed its user?

The answer is because cannabis smoking does NOT create any serious health problems, much to the chagrin of the ignorant Reefer Madness types.

Smoking cannabis OPENS air pathways in the lungs, pretty much the opposite of ‘obstruction. That is why smoking tobacco with cannabis or shortly after smoking cannabis increases the risks FROM SMOKING TOBACCO.

March 27, 2012 at 6:43 pm
(92) Neal Feldman says:

Deborah -

So you assure us there are all these health hazards to cannabis use. With that assurance and two bucks I doubt you can buy a cup of coffee.

While if you HAVE COPD smoking is ill-advised that is a far cry from cannabis use ever CAUSING COPD.

There are a lot of Reefer Madness claims from NIDA, ONDCP and the DEA, but none of their anti-cannabis propaganda hold up to even a cursory examination of the actual facts.

The claims of a gateway drug status has been thoroughly debunked.

Cannabis is not at all addictive… it lacks the chemical makeup to be such. Psychological addiction is not a flaw in the object of the addiction, but instead of the addict themselves. You can be psychologically addicted to chocolate, soap operas, NASCAR, or anything else.

Since the dawn of time there remains not a single credibly documented case of cannabis use EVER killing its user. Not a single one in all eternity. Not even Soda or tap water has such a record of absolute safety.

They can only estimate the LD-50 for cannabis… it would be smoking AT LEAST 1500 POUNDS of cannabis in about 15 minutes or less. How likely is anyone to ever get even close to that?

I realize your specialty is COPD but please do not try and defame cannabis or its users with propaganda based lies, OK?

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June 25, 2012 at 12:49 pm
(101) david pscott says:

I want to also highlight that least here in australia, that because governments have illegalized selling pipes and bongs, that people are trying to be creative making their own! the consequence being that they are getting toxic additives, one example is a piece of aluminum foil over a piece of rubber garden hose placed into a plastic bottle! i have noticed the rubber on the heated end has been quite melted! this can’t be good. i often also have wondered with cigarette filters, that when allowing the cigarette to burn close to it is dangerous! how-ever governments crackdown and increase in cigarette costs has caused many to buy roll your own cigarettes without filters! hence lookout for increases in lung disease, as tar is much worst in pouch tobacco! i know i am experiencing this! and even rolling in 2 filters in succession- it is still more tar than a cigarette!

July 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm
(102) TONGUE OF THE GREAT SPIRIT says:

PEACE & BLESSINGS. I’ve ingested the sacred herb for the past 19 years straight. I am 40 years young. I have had no problems with wisdom herb. Except for occasionally being paranoid (spidey senses) I have monthly check ups with my physician. I do suffer from high blood pressure which is genetics. Mj actually lowers my blood pressure. Most of the research done on marijuana is based on european melanin recessive tests. Marijuana has been an essential part of melanin dominant original indegenous beings for hundreds of years. I have family members ages ranging from 45-65 that have smoked herb for 30 years + and haven’t had any breathing or cancer problems. Furthermore…most of you so called “righteous law abiding citizens” have never even tried marijuana. You people are so funny to me..you think you know it all but really you know nothing. You only know what you’ve been programmed to know from your oppressors. WAKE UP! Think for yourself. We all incarnated on this planet to experience the physical. What really cracks me up is that people die daily from alcohol and cancer sticks(cigs)…and it’s still legal. LOL!!!

July 15, 2012 at 10:51 pm
(103) Mario Tillo says:

I’m confused, the journal you quoted stated specifically that smoking ONLY MARIJUANA was not linked to an increase in lung problems or COPD. It says it right here:

Interpretation: Smoking both tobacco and marijuana synergistically increased the risk of respiratory symptoms and COPD. Smoking only marijuana was not associated with an increased risk of respiratory symptoms or COPD.

That doesn’t mean it’s not good for you. Just that there’s no proof that smoking only marijuana causes COPD.

Can we agree on that?

July 16, 2012 at 3:25 pm
(104) kev says:

Fact: smoking ANYthing isn’t good for you.
Fact: recreational or medicinal use of marijuana is good for you. Do research. You don’t have to smoke it… There’s a great medicinal option called vaping. Have copd and don’t want to risk that? Cook it… It doesn’t lose its properties.

Recent studies are showing that MJ can be used to relief pain and symptoms of many chronic illnesses… Don’t be stupid and keep repeating the illogical anti-cannabis propaganda of the last 30 years…

But if you can: don’t smoke anything.

August 26, 2012 at 9:20 am
(105) NinaNight says:

Well, my aunt has been a constant marijuana smoker for years since the 80s. And no health issues, as for a lot of others in my family. Sorry but what I found disturbing was that, you mentioned that weed has the same dangerous chemicals that cigarettes does. With tabacco has chemicals ADDED to it. Whereas marijuana can be home grown, eaten, vaporized, etc. Also you generalized mairjuana as if there is only one kind of weed plant. These “studies” are used as scared tactics if you ask me. For the mere fact that it depends on the bud or LEAF you smoke, and the TYPE of marijuana. The common chemicals weed contains is THC. And there are no addictives it, unlike cigarettes which has been altered and pumped full of the dangerous chemicals you mentioned, the only possibly way weed is harmful is if it’s been laced or someone put something in it. And i know for a fact is BS to say that weed is harmful. I’ve known some heavy marijuana smokers, whom have smoked 6 joints a day, for years, and their health is wonderful. Also it could be the paper that people smokes from, you forgot to mention the consumption. But I can say that my mother had smoked cigarettes which caused her stroke in 01.

October 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm
(106) Raoul Samson says:

I was a smoker since I was 17 years old. I quit smoking without any help in the year of 2000. I am now 59 years old. Since then, I never felt any side effects or short of breath. I walk long distance and do exercises. In fact I went back to practice martial art which I used to do. The question is why have I ever felt any symptom of COPD? Can someone come with an answer?

November 2, 2012 at 5:36 am
(107) ONE says:

Indeed, people do consume nutmeg as a means of intoxication. It used to be common amongst sailors (& I mean years and years ago) who, at times, had little recourse to anything else. From what I can gather, it can cause nausea and vomiting. William Burroughs wrote a little on the subject.

December 19, 2012 at 10:04 pm
(108) jake says:

Your lack of evidence in support of your hypothesis leads me to discredit your whole article. if marijuana contains the same “cancer causing ingredients” as ciggerettes, why didnt you specify the ingredients? instead you attempt to backup your statement with loosely cited studies and continue to conflict your heading statement telling us smoking marijuana by itself wont cause copd. im not argueing your topic im simply pointing out your articles lacking

February 2, 2013 at 3:46 am
(109) bc says:

I’m almost 43 yo. I was recently diagnosed with copd. I started smoking tobacco when i was 15. And marijuana when I was 17. I quit smoking tobacco when I was 23.

February 8, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(110) dfeldz says:

i smoke weed every day. its a horrible habit, even though i cough my butt off sometimes and cough stuff up all day i still do it. occasionally ill have some wheezing in my lungs and have to cough that up. i also think i have a post nasal drip because i feel it in the back of my throat alot. i hope i dont have chronic bronchitis or copd. im only 28 n just finished my degree and want to get a good job. (i know i have to pass a drug test) i recently had the flu and since then the cough has been more producing. ive been clearing my throat for the past 8 yrs or so..now with a more prominent cough. i know its never to late to quit..i just hope its not to late to quit without encountering longterm respiratory probs. i sometime have to wake up to cough stuff up. my mother does the same thing but never admitted to having anything but asthma. shes had that forever though. i dont even like to go out or invite people over because of the coughing and sometimes i have to cough stuff up while talking. kind of embarrassing. i dunno. ill admit it scares me

May 3, 2013 at 12:39 am
(111) Jomama says:

Marijuana is safer than alcohol.

Using reason, anyone could understand how smoking a pack of cigs a day is different than smoking one or two joints a day. Further, vaping is always an option.

May 7, 2013 at 1:32 am
(112) Silly Willy says:

I would love to hear COPD’s opinion on those articles posted supporting the benefits of this plant, it doesn’t look very good for people when they only reply to posts which they can utilize to make their own opinions look more valid… especially if they think and would like to show that they’re in the right.

i say everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but why live your life based on others beliefs?
why punish someone and mar life just because they make a decision that you don’t agree with?

May 7, 2013 at 1:32 am
(113) Silly Willy says:

my way or the highway is basically what the government is trying to say, much like an immature or controlling person, governments should not have a say what we do with OURSELVES in our own homes.
a quick search of the definition freedom brought up two results:
1.The power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without hindrance or restraint.
2.Absence of subjection to foreign domination or despotic government.
to say we live in a free country is to say we have the power to act as we wish without hindrance or restraint, yet if we do something to ourselves that is harmless to others the government gets angry, like a little kid who’s friend doesn’t wanna play the same game on the schoolyard. immaturity at its finest. then your punished for something which you should have had the freedom to have done in the first place.

May 7, 2013 at 1:33 am
(114) Silly Willy says:

people just need to keep their heads clear on matters such as these, what makes the OPINIONS of PEOPLE in the government and the OPINIONS of PEOPLE in these white coats different from the OPINIONS of PEOPLE you see everyday on the street? nothing other then the stance, and what would someone need to decide on a stance on a matter such as this? hmm..

genuine public concern?
well then why are cigarettes legal?

fear of an unproductive society?
well.. people are dying at a massive rate due to cigarettes, people become terminally ill, have increased health issues, and therefore are unable to work as effectively or not at all, leading to a less productive society.

the most pathetic part about this is that the government actually pays tobacco growers.
what sensible government puts funding towards the death of the people, yet makes budget cuts reducing the quality of the country itself?

What controlled lives we live.

May 8, 2013 at 3:55 am
(115) Silly Willy says:

and people are you serious? “wait ten years and the residents of california can give you all the evidence you need” marijuana has been legalized in the netherlands for more then twice that ammount of time, they sure seem to be doing fine to me.. but after all you are the ones trying to show us all the signs and dangers, surely you could pull me some enlightening information about those people?

May 25, 2013 at 11:25 am
(116) Kathy C says:

I am 64 yrs old and have COPD. I am a long time pot smoker. I have no interest in quitting. I want to know how smoking pot thru a vaporizer affects COPD?? I haven’t tried it yet but am considering smoking it that way. Thank you

June 19, 2013 at 11:16 pm
(117) Joseph says:

There are legitimate medical studies supporting both sides of this argument. Everybody’s body is different and reacts differently to external stimuli. Marijuana is not inherently good or evil; it is only what you make it. Just like a knife can be used to kill a person or cut a piece of bread, marijuana can be abused with devastating effects, or used responsibly to treat a plethora of ailments.

I for one, struggle with very severe bouts of Restless Leg Syndrome. It is so bad that I will be wide awake at 5 am, nearly crying because I am so exhausted and simply cannot quell the intense sensations of restlessness associated with the condition. This type of condition can and will lead to severe insomnia, which anyone who has every experienced it knows can absolutely ruin your life, transforming you into a mere shell of your former self.

Smoking marijuana is the ONLY treatment that has ever even come close to helping. And it works flawlessly. For me, consuming marijuana before bed, whether by smoking or by ingestion, completely, as if by some miracle prevents an attack of RLS, every time, without fail. It has been such an incredible relief, and has allowed me to get more sleep, wake up rested and be sharper and more productive (and more creative) at my job.

June 19, 2013 at 11:17 pm
(118) Joseph says:

All that being said, I DO agree that marijuana smoking can negatively affect the lungs. I believe that inhaling any foreign substance, whether it’s plant matter, man-made chemicals, or air pollution, has the potential to irritate the airways and cause damage which can lead to chronic illness.

However, smoking is not the only means to administer cannabis. Edible marijuana has the exact same effects and is GUARANTEED to have no negative effects on the lungs or respiratory system. I would be interested in reading studies that examine the long term effects of ingesting cannabis, as I would hypothesize that the negative effects physiological effects are minimal, if they exist at all.

My general point is that we should not demonize something just because it has the potential to harm us. Almost everything we do every single day has the potential to harm us. We must approach these decision subjectively, and not let the media or government dictate to us what our values as a society should be. That decision is for YOU to make, and I, and every other human being with a brain. Just because one person has been doing something for 50 years with no ill effects, doesn’t mean that the next person won’t suffer ill effects after 5 years, and vice versa. That’s is the problem with blanket laws which aim to govern self-inflicted behavior. “One-size-fits-all” rarely fits any. Let people make their own decisions and trust they have the sense of personal responsibility to own their own fate.

June 28, 2013 at 5:59 pm
(119) Tom says:

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August 19, 2013 at 9:08 pm
(120) denise says:

This site was frustrating and annoying all at the same time. COPD in 18 year olds? Who even know’s the truth about Pot and COPD? One massive jumble of horse crap. Everyone is so afraid of just being truthful, as long as pot is illegal there will be no truth. We will all go into our rooms and contemplate alone.

September 2, 2013 at 5:45 am
(121) Andrew K says:

There is a magnitude of evidence demonstrating that ANY form of air pollution is a contributing factor in COPD development. Epidemiological studies have show that those who live closer to Freeways have demonstrably lower lung function. They have shown that workers who are continuously exposed to exhaust from combustion are at an increased risk. They have shown that after accounting for tobacco exposure, people living in densely populated urban areas are at an increased risk. They have shown that workers in textile, construction, mining or paper mills are at increased risk. It is well documented that in the developing world, the majority of COPD cases are caused by exposure to biomass fuels used for heating and cooking. What are biomass fuels? Wood, sticks, leaves…… that same constituents of tobacco AND cannabis.

The notion that only certain types of pollution and smoke from certain plants, i.e. tobacco but not cannabis, will increase disease risk is foolish. Certainly more frequent exposures will accelerate the process as in the case of heavy cigarette smokers, however many of the marijuana smokers that I know are daily users. People need to recognize that ANY exposure to pollution or smoke will increase your risk of developing the disease. Common since should dictate that. It is certainly not only a disease of cigarette smokers as the CDC’s first Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System demonstrated where 24% of the people surveyed who had COPD indicated that they had never smoked.

If you care about your lungs and value good lung function, it would be wise and prudent of you to avoid all smoke exposure and use respiratory protection when working in confined areas with heavy pollution.

December 3, 2013 at 4:52 pm
(122) Steven Byerly says:

Sounds like propaganda.

March 26, 2014 at 5:20 pm
(123) josh says:

Marijuana contains a lot of the same chemicals that cigs do? or do you mean tobacco in its natural form before poisonous chemicals are added to it?

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