The findings are worrying because multiple studies have demonstrated that cannabis use and second-hand marijuana smoke exposure have similar physiological effects to tobacco use, as the paper points out.
The Effects of Second-Hand Marijuana Smoke and Cannabis Usage on the Body
Both cannabis and cigarette smoking or vaping are bad for your heart, lungs, and growing brain in teenagers. Additionally, according to Dr. Halpern-Felsher, marijuana has been related to mental health conditions including schizophrenia.
Cohen notes that studies on cannabis smoke have revealed that it includes many of the same toxins and carcinogens as tobacco smoke. According to the authors, animal studies have shown that even one minute of second-hand marijuana smoke exposure to cannabis-related may be linked to impaired endothelial function, which may result in cardiovascular risks comparable to those from tobacco.
Asthma episodes, lung discomfort, and an increased risk of respiratory infections can all be brought on by breathing in the tiny particulate matter found in second-hand marijuana smoke from marijuana combustion, which can be inhaled deeply. Even more particles are released from second-hand marijuana smoke than from secondhand cigarette smoke.
Controlling Second-hand Marijuana Smoke To Protect Nonsmokers
Public health professionals are adjusting to the implications for their smokefree regulations and policies as the marijuana/cannabis sector expands and is legalized, such as an increase in marijuana smoking and exposure to second-hand marijuana smoke. Regardless of the controversy surrounding the potential health advantages of marijuana products, there is simply no need to use them in enclosed settings with shared air (such as offices, public areas, colleges, and multi-unit housing), where other people would be exposed to the risky second-hand marijuana smoke.
Nobody should be forced to inhale second-hand marijuana smoke that has been around people who are working, studying, shopping, or having fun. Marijuana smoke is a type of indoor air pollution, but smoke is smoke. Because of this, it’s critical to reinforce all smokefree legislation, both old and new, so that marijuana is included in the definitions of smoking and vaping.