NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP)--Marijuana smoking may have a greater potential than tobacco smoking to cause lung cancer, and smoking just one marijuana joint is as harmful to the body as smoking 20 cigarettes, according to a recent study by researchers in New Zealand.
Barrett Duke, vice president of public policy and research for the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, said the results of the study are "hardly surprising."
"If one burns a substance and inhales the smoke, he is going to increase his risk of lung cancer," Duke said in comments to Baptist Press. "I appreciate the study's recognition that this problem is more acute for those who smoke marijuana. Marijuana smokers inhale marijuana smoke deeply and hold it in their lungs for as long as possible in order to increase the absorption of the drug. It stands to reason then that marijuana smokers would be at a higher risk of lung cancer." Read More