(TODAY U.K. NEWS) – Marijuana smokers are slightly more likely to develop lung disease than cigarette users, a shock study suggests. Researchers looked at roughly 150 adults from Ottawa around 50 years old who were either pot users, tobacco smokers or non-smokers.
They found 75 per cent of marijuana users had emphysema compared to 67 per cent of cigarette or cigar users. Emphysema is a lung disease which leaves sufferers struggling to breathe. Those who don’t smoke at all were better off, with just five per cent suffering from the condition.
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Study author Dr Giselle Revah, a cardiothoracic radiologist and assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, said she was surprised by the results, which suggested that ‘marijuana has additional synergistic effects on the lungs above tobacco.’