Last updated on: 10/21/2009 | Author: ProCon.org

British Lung Foundation Biography

Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Should Marijuana Be a Medical Option?"
Reasoning:

“The British Lung Foundation does not comment on the legal or moral aspects of cannabis use or the debate on the appropriate classification of the drug. It simply
wishes to ensure that everyone has the fullest possible information on the medical and scientific evidence of the impact of cannabis.

While most of the recent debate around the health effects of cannabis has focussed on the impact on mental health, the British Lung Foundation recommends a public
health education campaign aimed at young people to ensure that they are fully aware of the increased risk of pulmonary infections and respiratory cancers
associated with cannabis smoking. A British Lung Foundation report, A Smoking Gun? details the effects of smoking cannabis on lung health.

Further research is needed into the effects of smoking cannabis on respiratory health. The cannabis smoked today is much more potent that that smoked in the 1960s, therefore studies carried out in the 1960s and 1970s may not be truly indicative of the effects of cannabis smoked today.”

“Cannabis Policy Briefing,” British Lung Foundation website (accessed Oct. 20, 2009)

Theoretical Expertise Ranking:
  Organizations/VIPs/Others
Individuals and organizations that do not fit into the other star categories.
Description:

“We support people affected by lung disease through the individual challenges they will face. Support is the focus of many of our activities, including our nationwide network of Breathe Easy support groups.

We help people to understand their condition. We do this by providing comprehensive and clear information on paper, on the web and on the telephone. And we work for positive change in lung health. We do this by campaigning, raising awareness and funding world-class research.”

“About Us,” British Lung Foundation website (accessed Oct. 13, 2009)

Mission:

None found

Other:
U.K. charitable organization
Quoted in:
  1. Does the Regular Smoking of Marijuana Cause Lung Cancer or in Any Way Permanently Injure the Lungs?