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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Aam Aadmi Party launched a verbal attack on BJP over the ongoing controversy about putting cautionary message on cigarette packs today. AAP asked the Speaker to take action against the members ‘who continue to the part of the committee without due declaration.’

In a statement the party accused BJP of supporting vested interests and industrial lobbies which are a major cause of cancer related deaths in the country.

The party pointed towards ministers like Ram Prasad Sarmah and Beedi Baron cum MP Shyam Charan Gupta denying the link between smoking and cancer as a clear of conflict of interest.

‘The public statements of BJP MPs in support of tobacco syndicate is not just grossly unethical but also raises several questions on the effectiveness of Parliamentary working.’ the release said and asked BJP to take a clear public stand on the issue.

Meanwhile Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reportedly asked Health Minister JP Nadda to make health warning on 65% of the cigarette pack exterior mandatory.

Cigarette companies had to give statutory warnings on 85% of cigarette pack from April 1st according to a 2014 Union Health Ministry notification.

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Smoking marijuana may lead non-smokers to cigarettes

As cannabis use is much more common than cannabis use disorder, its potential impact on cigarette use in the general community may be greater than estimates based on studies of cannabis use disorder alone, the researchers said

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Cigarette smoking is injurious to health. Pixabay

If you only smoke marijuana there are higher chances that you may end up smoking cigarettes too, a new study suggests. According to the researchers, cannabis use is associated with an increased initiation of cigarette smoking among non-cigarette smokers.

While cigarette smoking has long been on the decline, marijuana use is on the rise and, disproportionately, marijuana users also smoke cigarettes, the researcher said.

Marijuana use can increase cigarette use too. VOA

“Understanding the potential links between cannabis use and cigarette initiation in youth is needed given that recent data suggest that cannabis use is more common among adolescents than cigarette use,” said co-author Renee Goodwin from the Mailman School of Public Health.

The analyses for the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, were based on data from the National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions in 2001-2002 and 2004-2005, and responses from 34,639 individuals.

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The results suggested that marijuana use — even in the absence of cannabis use disorder — is associated with increased odds of smoking onset, relapse, and persistence.

They also found adults who smoke cigarettes and use cannabis are less likely to quit smoking cigarettes than those who do not use cannabis. Former smokers who use cannabis are also more likely to relapse to cigarette smoking, the researcher said.

Cigarette smoking can be increased in youngsters due to use of marijuana. Pixabay

“Developing a better understanding of the relationship between marijuana use and cigarette use transitions is critical and timely as cigarette smoking remains the leading preventable cause of premature death and disease, and use of cannabis is on the rise in the US,” Goodwin said.

As cannabis use is much more common than cannabis use disorder, its potential impact on cigarette use in the general community may be greater than estimates based on studies of cannabis use disorder alone, the researchers said. IANS

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