Forum Post: New study of 83,000 men shows, not smoking cannabis can be as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes.
Posted 10 years ago on May 13, 2013, 7:22 a.m. EST by factsrfun
from Phoenix, AZ
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This is the headline USA should have ran instead we get Kathleen Doheny who represents the worst that American journalism has to offer.
Here is the opening paragraph from her article cited below:
“New research says smoking pot may be less likely to cause bladder cancer than smoking cigarettes.”
What the study showed is that not smoking marijuana is as dangerous to your health as smoking cigarettes, as anyone can see in this quote from the doctor who ran the study.
“”Cannabis use only was associated with a 45 percent reduction in bladder cancer incidence, and tobacco use only was associated with a 52 percent increase in bladder cancer," said study author Dr. Anil A. Thomas, a fellow in urology at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Los Angeles.”
Kathleen Doheny deliberately misleads her readers by failing to highlight the big news that there was a 42% reduction in one type of cancer with cannabis use, if the the study had been about a 10% reduction with say red wine use that would have been the clear headline no matter how flawed the study was. It is because of reporters like Kathleen Doheny that American has one of the least effective yet most expensive health care systems in the world.
Here’s a much better and less bias report of the same information from the Raw Story: