Why Emphysema Is More Common in Marijuana Smokers as in Tobacco Smokers

Like tobacco smoke, marijuana smoke contains harmful chemicals, including hydrogen cyanide, aromatic and nitrogen oxides. These all can cause emphysema. Marijuana smokers are also exposed to total particulate matter(TPM) or tar, a chemical found in tobacco smoke. Tar is another culprit to blame for increased cases of emphysema among marijuana smokers.

Why The Effects Would Be Any Different

While marijuana smoke and tobacco smoke share some harmful chemicals, the former contains higher concentrations of the chemicals than the latter. This means marijuana smoke can cause a lot of damage than tobacco smoke.

Anastasia Filipenko

Anastasia Filipenko is a health and wellness psychologist, dermatolist and a freelance writer. She frequently covers beauty and skincare, food trends and nutrition, health and fitness and relationships. When she's not trying out new skincare products, you'll find her taking a cycling class, doing yoga, reading in the park, or trying a new recipe.

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