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Pot's "High" Risk of Cancer

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LONDON - Smoking weed is not the harmless recreational activity it may seem because it can cause lung cancer, researchers in England said yesterday.

Regularly smoking three or four joints a week, even for less than six years, can hurt the lungs and rob the body of antioxidants that protect cells against heart disease and cancer.

"Smoking cannabis on a regular basis actually depletes your lungs of protective antioxidant substances," said Dr. Sarah Nuttall of the University of Birmingham.

She shared the data at the British Thoracic Society in London.

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