The research is in – breathing burnt things hurts your health. This is also true of second-hand smoke. And that goes for second-hand marijuana smoke, as well.  Smoke is smoke. We’re very proud to have been a supporter of a recent study on second hand smoke that was undertaken at UCSF, which is “leading revolutions in health – and those revolutions often start in the lab.”    The study laid the groundwork for an important editorial recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine by Stanton A. Glantz, PhD, Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, PhD, and our good friend Matthew L. Springer, PhD, of Springer Lab.  JAMA, The Journal of the American Medical Association is a peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association covering original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of the biomedical sciences.  JAMA is the parent journal of JAMA Internal Medicine.

November 20, 2017

Marijuana, Secondhand Smoke, and Social Acceptability

…”The evidence that secondhand exposure to marijuana smoke, like the evidence for all health effects of marijuana, is more limited than for tobacco. But smoke from any source is a complex mixture of thousands of chemicals, including ultrafine particles and toxic gases. Other than nicotine and cannabinoids, tobacco and marijuana smoke are similar. Indeed, the California Environmental Protection Agency identified marijuana smoke as a human carcinogen based largely on the smoke’s toxicology. Cardiovascular effects of breathing secondhand smoke are particularly important because about 80% of the deaths attributed to secondhand tobacco smoke are due to heart disease, including acute myocardial infarction….” 

 Click Here for Full Editorial Feature Article

Funding/Support: This work was funded in part by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (grant No. R01DA043950 to Dr Glantz and grant No. R21DA031966 to Dr Springer), the California Tobacco Related Disease Research Program (grant No. 25IR-0030 to Dr Springer) and the Elfenworks Foundation.

Role of the Funder/Sponsor: The funder/sponsors had no role in the design and conduct of the study; collection, management, analysis, and interpretation of the data; preparation, review, or approval of the manuscript; and decision to submit the manuscript for publication.



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