- More research is needed to know if smoking cannabis increases a person’s risk for certain cancers, including lung, head, and neck cancers.
What you need to know about cannabis and lung cancer
- Smoked cannabis has many of the same cancer-causing substances as smoked tobacco3. Due to the risks it poses to lung health, experts strongly caution against smoking cannabis and tobacco products.
- More research is needed to know if smoking cannabis increases a person’s risk for lung cancer. However, it is difficult to determine whether there is a link, because cannabis use often overlaps other behaviors related to lung cancer, such as tobacco use.
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