Spectrum News: Secondhand Marijuana Smoke Poses Risks, Health Experts Say

Brandi Ewing, director of respiratory services for St. Peter’s Health Partners, was interviewed by Spectrum News about the dangers of secondhand marijuana smoke.

From the story:

study published by the American Heart Association in 2016 showed rats that inhaled secondhand marijuana smoke for one minute had blood vessels that recovered functionality three times slower than rats breathing in one minute of secondhand tobacco smoke.

“When you are talking about specifically children, the problem is that it also is releasing THC, and so the children that are exposed to that secondhand smoke, they can get a secondary contact high,” said Brandi Ewing, director of respiratory services at Saint Peter’s Health Partners.

According to the CDC, more research is needed to understand the impact of THC exposure in children. Respiratory therapists say secondhand smoke, in general, including marijuana smoke, contains thousands of toxins.

Click here to watch Spectrum’s report.

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