A recent study has revealed a worrying trend among US parents. It turns out more of them have started smoking marijuana around their children, thus exposing them to secondhand pot smoke. This trend applies mostly to parents who already smoked cigarettes, but the behavior is actually common across a broader category.
Children are getting exposed to secondhand pot smoke
Researchers from Columbia University and the City University of New York were worried that the spike of cannabis consumption in the US was going to affect children in a way. Therefore, they decided to investigate the issue. To reach their results, they looked at the data collected by an annual survey on drug use between 2002 and 2015.
In 2002, 4.9 percent of parents smoked marijuana while their children were at home. Thirteen years later, the rate of pot smokers with children increased to 6.8 percent. This means that more children are now exposed to secondhand pot smoke, which has a powerful impact on their health.
Cannabis consumption among parents has increased since 2002
While everyone fit this category, marijuana consumption was a lot more common among parents who already smoked cigarettes. In 2002, 11 percent of cigarette-smoking parents also smoked pot, while their rates reached 17 percent in 2015. Among non-cigarette smokers, the rates faced only a small increase.
This study came in light of all the public health concerns about children safety. Secondhand tobacco smoke exposure is one of the most serious problems in the US, but now it seems secondhand pot smoke exposure should find its way on the list.
However, researchers still lacked some relevant data. Parents responded the questions on their pot smoking habits, but they didn’t answer where they consumed the drugs. They didn’t mention if they did inside their own house or somewhere outside. However, smoking marijuana in a public place is illegal, so it’s more likely they are smoking in the house. This leaves the health concerns standing and should work as a warning for parents.
The study in question was published in the journal Pediatrics.
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