Legalizing cannabis this year will not help the cause of smoking cessation, according to dozens of experts gathered in Ottawa, Canada on Saturday to discuss strategies to reduce this addiction.
Legalizing cannabis this year will not help the cause of smoking cessation, according to dozens of experts gathered in Ottawa on Saturday to discuss strategies to reduce this addiction.
But it will be more and more difficult to lower this rate. On the one hand, smokers would be resistant to the public health measures put in place. On the other hand, experts agree that legalizing marijuana will be an additional challenge in the fight against smoking.
« For many, the challenge of quitting smoking will be more complicated because they use tobacco to smoke marijuana. So, trying to quit smoking tobacco while using marijuana can be more difficult. ", highlighted Andrew Pipe, physician at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute.
Marijuana is less addictive than cigarettes and other drugs, according to several specialists, who are still worried about its harmful effects on health. According to Dr. Pierre Chue, psychiatrist and head of the mental health department at the University of Alberta " We Know That Marijuana Smoke Has Significantly Increased Risks of Cancer" page (in French).
While the fight against smoking continues across Canada, all eyes are now on the Trudeau government, which will be called upon to finance a battle on two fronts: the problems associated with tobacco consumption and the consequences that will flow from the legalization of tobacco use. cannabis.
Source : Ici.radio-canada.ca/