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People who smoke marijuana do not appear to be at increased risk for developing lung cancer, new research suggests.

While a clear increase in cancer risk was seen among cigarette smokers in the
Study, no such association was seen for regular cannabis users.

Even very heavy, long-term marijuana users who had smoked more than 22,000
Joints over a lifetime seemed to have no greater risk than infrequent
Marijuana users or nonusers.

The findings surprised the study’s researchers, who expected to see an increase in
Cancer among people who smoked marijuana regularly in their youth.

“We know that there are as many or more carcinogens and co-carcinogens in
Marijuana smoke as in cigarettes,” researcher Donald Tashkin, MD, of
UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine tells WebMD. “But we did not
Find any evidence for an increase in cancer risk for even heavy
Marijuana smoking.” Carcinogens are substances that cause cancer.

Tashkin presented the findings today at The American Thoracic Society’s 102nd International Conference, held in San Diego.

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Boomers Reaching Cancer Age                                                                                   The study population was limited to people who were younger than 60 because People older than that would probably not have used marijuana in their Teens and early adult years. “People who may have smoked marijuana in their youth are just now getting to the age when cancers are being seen,” Tashkin says.

A total of 611 lung cancer patients living in Los Angeles County, and 601Patients with other cancers of the head and neck were compared with 1,040 people without cancer matched for age, sex, and the neighborhood They lived in.

All the participants were asked about lifetime use of marijuana, tobacco, and alcohol, as well as other drugs, their diets, occupation, family history of lung cancer, and socioeconomic status. The heaviest marijuana users in the study had smoked more than 22,000 joints, while moderately heavy smokers had smoked between 11,000 and 22,000 joints.

While two-pack-a-day or more cigarette smokers were found to have a 20-fold Increase in lung cancer risk, no elevation in risk was seen for even The very heaviest marijuana smokers.

The more tobacco a person smoked, the greater their risk of developing lung Cancer and other cancers of the head and neck. But people who smoked More marijuana were not at increased risk compared with people who Smoked less and people who didn’t smoke at all.

The THC Connection                                                                                                  Studies suggest that marijuana smoke contains 50 percent higher concentrations Of chemicals linked to lung cancer than cigarette smoke. Marijuana Smokers also tend to inhale deeper than cigarette smokers and hold the Inhaled smoke in their lungs longer.

So why isn’t smoking marijuana as dangerous as smoking cigarettes in terms of cancer risk?The answer isn’t clear, but the experts say it might have something to do With tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, which is a chemical found in Marijuana smoke.

Cellular studies and even some Studies in animal models suggest that THC has antitumor properties, Either by encouraging the death of genetically damaged cells that can Become cancerous or by restricting the development of the blood supply That feeds tumors, Tashkin tells WebMD.

In a review of the research published last fall, University of Colorado Molecular biologist Robert Melamede, PhD, concluded that the THC in Cannabis seems to lessen the tumor-promoting properties of marijuana smoke.

The nicotine in tobacco has been shown to Inhibit the destruction of cancer-causing cells, Melamede tells WebMD. THC does not appear to do this and may even do the opposite.

While there was a suggestion in the newly reported study that smoking Marijuana is weakly protective against lung cancer, Tashkin says the Very weak as .... CONTINUED at:    http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,196678,00.HTML

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Posted: Apr 8, 2007 12:53pm
Mar 15, 2007
Global warming isn't a problem our children will face—it's a reality today and it’s accelerating much faster than ever predicted.

We cannot wait until the next president is elected to begin to take action on global warming. We all must take responsibility and do our part to stop global warming today—even if the current government refuses to act.

That's why today I’m announcing my commitment to make my campaign "carbon neutral"—meaning we will offset the impact of all our energy use to ensure that our campaign does not contribute to global warming.

To achieve carbon neutrality, we’re taking two big steps. First, we’re implementing a number of simple but effective techniques to conserve energy in our national and field offices. And I’ve asked my staff to take concrete steps to reduce their own energy consumption. Conserving energy now is the single biggest thing we all can do as individuals to combat global warming.

But presidential campaigns by their nature use an enormous amount of energy for travel and operations. Which is why today I have also directed the campaign to purchase carbon offsets that support alternative energy production to neutralize the global warming impact from our travel and office energy use.

Carbon offsets are an expensive proposition for a national campaign—but I believe it is an investment for our planet that we simply must make.

Global warming is bigger than any political party, any election—and certainly any one campaign—and good ideas for achieving carbon neutrality should be shared freely.

I'd like to hear your ideas on how we—all of us on this campaign, and throughout America—can reduce our emissions of carbon dioxide.

Tell me your ideas by visiting our campaign blog:

http://johnedwards.com/r/7436/291331/

We weren't the first campaign to declare our efforts to become carbon neutral. Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack had announced carbon neutrality for his campaign shortly before he withdrew a few weeks ago.

Currently, we're the only campaign in either party to make the carbon neutral pledge—but we hope we won’t be for long. Global warming doesn't stop at party lines and neither should our commitment to preventing it.

I hope that you will do your part as well to stop global warming by taking action to conserve energy in your home, office and personal life.

Thank you for doing your part,

John Edwards

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Posted: Mar 15, 2007 12:58am
Mar 8, 2007
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PLEASE, pass this on to anyone you know who may need this help. THANK YOU!!!

I was a full-time, extensive volunteer through Legal Aid, especially in Ohio & NW Ohio, for several years. I pray everything goes well for those in need!!!
Peace,
KathleenR
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Mar 8, 2007
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