It’s a fairly sad state of affairs that teens in america now have the perception that smoking marijuana is safer than smoking tobacco when, in reality, neither is safe. A Denver Post report, ‘Teens’ marijuana use increases; less see it as unsafe drug’, by John Ingold, states ‘While teenager tobacco smoking has declined over the past ten years, marijuana use can be as large as it has been since the early section of the decade.’ ‘Nationwide, 21.4 percent of 12th-graders, 16.7 percent of 10th-graders, and 8 percent of 8th-graders reported having used marijuana previously 30 days.
Every one of these numbers was higher-than the amount who reported smoking cigarettes previously 30 days – 19.2 percent, 13.6 percent, and 7.1 percent, respectively.’What might make teens believe smoking marijuana is safe, especially given that they got the message about tobacco and we’ve seen its’ use within a 10 year drop? Can it perhaps be that our capital city, Denver, voted to legalize marijuana; that more medical marijuana outlets are open in Denver than Starbucks; that it was a directly defeated ballot measure in the last California election; or the hoopla surrounding the greatest Cannabis Convention in the US presently going on in Denver?We have undoubtedly done a disservice to your teens, because both tobacco and marijuana have many of the same ill-effects. ‘The National Institute on Drug-abuse (NIDA) states that pot smokers experience respiratory disturbances much like tobacco smokers, including coughs and lung infections. Also like tobacco, marijuana might boost the risk of heart attack due to its power to increase blood pressure and heart rate.
‘ ‘Marijuana contains 50 to 70-percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke.’ Marijuana supporters could argue all they want that they don’t smoke as much as cigarette smokers, but that’s a pointless defense – neither is safe.Let us also handle the current discussion in the Colorado Legislature regarding the legal limit of THC (the major drug in marijuana) for operating an automobile, where the legal and medical communities state the effects are similar to alcohol. The experts reveal you will find emotional effects on the youngster developing mind, including these short term effects: learning and memory dilemmas, trouble with problem solving, distorted understanding, and loss of motor coordination. Certainly marijuana use has a negative impact on education, almost certainly resulting in fewer kiddies going on to college, fewer finding good jobs, and so on.
I’ve not a problem with medical marijuana use, to help ease the pain and suffering of people with medical needs. But we’ve only done a huge dis-service to our childhood by all of the press and hoopla by well-intending adults (sic) to get pot on the election ballots, to open medical marijuana outlets for revenue, to promote a conference, and who knows what else.It took years and vast amounts to show the tide on tobacco use. It now appears we must start down that path with marijuana because of the damage already done. One out of five of our high-school seniors are frequent (in past 30 days) consumers. None people want to be on the ‘highway’ with one behind the wheel – and in the difficult job market, these young ones will be left behind triggering untold social difficulties for our communities in the years to come.