Research ‘presents a strong argument that dispensaries provide tobacco control messaging at the point of sale to encourage cigarette smokers to quit’
A new study found that medical marijuana patients are more likely to consume nicotine. Published this month in the American Journal of Addictions, the research is some of the first to look into the connection between medical marijuana patients and cigarettes, something that is a concern for health practitioners.
Researchers acknowledged that there has long been a relationship between recreational cannabis use and nicotine use. With this study, researchers wanted to get some clarification on the case of medical marijuana, especially since these users are meant to be consuming the drug for health concerns.
“Between the higher rates of nicotine use in those using medical cannabis, the fact that cigarette smokers opt to smoke cannabis as well, and that those people also are seeking to quit using nicotine presents a strong argument that dispensaries provide tobacco control messaging at the point of sale to encourage cigarette smokers to quit,” co-author Marc Steinberg told Rutgers Today. “The strategy also could increase the chances that a medical cannabis user would vape the product, which is a less harmful route than smoking.”
Warnings and recommendations from dispensaries may be a way to educate the public on the perils of smoking any substance. While pesky, these suggestions may educate consumers and let them know that smoking is harmful and that there are other methods of consuming cannabis that provide the same benefits, minus the lung damage.
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