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Pulmonary complications of smoked substance abuse.
West J Med. 1990 May; 152(5):525-30.WJ

Abstract

After tobacco, marijuana is the most widely smoked substance in our society. Studies conducted within the past 15 years in animals, isolated tissues, and humans indicate that marijuana smoke can injure the lungs. Habitual smoking of marijuana has been shown to be associated with chronic respiratory tract symptoms, an increased frequency of acute bronchitic episodes, extensive tracheobronchial epithelial disease, and abnormalities in the structure and function of alveolar macrophages, key cells in the lungs' immune defense system. In addition, the available evidence strongly suggests that regularly smoking marijuana may predispose to the development of cancer of the respiratory tract. "Crack" smoking has become increasingly prevalent in our society, especially among habitual smokers of marijuana. New evidence is emerging implicating smoked cocaine as a cause of acute respiratory tract symptoms, lung dysfunction, and, in some cases, serious, life-threatening acute lung injury. A strong physician message to users of marijuana, cocaine, or both concerning the harmful effects of these smoked substances on the lungs and other organs may persuade some of them, especially those with drug-related respiratory complications, to quit smoking.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Department of Medicine, University of California, School of Medicine, Los Angeles 90024.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
Review

Language

eng

PubMed ID

2190420

Citation

Tashkin, D P.. "Pulmonary Complications of Smoked Substance Abuse." The Western Journal of Medicine, vol. 152, no. 5, 1990, pp. 525-30.
Tashkin DP. Pulmonary complications of smoked substance abuse. West J Med. 1990;152(5):525-30.
Tashkin, D. P. (1990). Pulmonary complications of smoked substance abuse. The Western Journal of Medicine, 152(5), 525-30.
Tashkin DP. Pulmonary Complications of Smoked Substance Abuse. West J Med. 1990;152(5):525-30. PubMed PMID: 2190420.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Pulmonary complications of smoked substance abuse. A1 - Tashkin,D P, PY - 1990/5/1/pubmed PY - 1990/5/1/medline PY - 1990/5/1/entrez SP - 525 EP - 30 JF - The Western journal of medicine JO - West J Med VL - 152 IS - 5 N2 - After tobacco, marijuana is the most widely smoked substance in our society. Studies conducted within the past 15 years in animals, isolated tissues, and humans indicate that marijuana smoke can injure the lungs. Habitual smoking of marijuana has been shown to be associated with chronic respiratory tract symptoms, an increased frequency of acute bronchitic episodes, extensive tracheobronchial epithelial disease, and abnormalities in the structure and function of alveolar macrophages, key cells in the lungs' immune defense system. In addition, the available evidence strongly suggests that regularly smoking marijuana may predispose to the development of cancer of the respiratory tract. "Crack" smoking has become increasingly prevalent in our society, especially among habitual smokers of marijuana. New evidence is emerging implicating smoked cocaine as a cause of acute respiratory tract symptoms, lung dysfunction, and, in some cases, serious, life-threatening acute lung injury. A strong physician message to users of marijuana, cocaine, or both concerning the harmful effects of these smoked substances on the lungs and other organs may persuade some of them, especially those with drug-related respiratory complications, to quit smoking. SN - 0093-0415 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/2190420/Pulmonary_complications_of_smoked_substance_abuse_ L2 - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/pmid/2190420/ DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -