Marijuana use linked to increased risk of asthma in teens: ‘Worrying’ health implications, study finds

Where there is smoke, there is… asthma?

This is the concern of some experts, as a recent study from the City University of New York (CUNY) found a connection between these factors Legalization of cannabis and asthma in children and adolescents.

The study, published in the February 2024 issue of the journal Preventive Medicine, found that in states where marijuana is legal, the proportion of Teenager with asthma is slightly higher than in states where it remains illegal.

Recreational use of cannabis is now legal in 24 states.


In the study, a research team from the CUNY School of Public Health (SPH) analyzed data from the 2011-2019 National Survey on Children’s Health, which includes a “representative sample of the population of minor children in the United States,” according to a university press release.

The sample consisted of 227,451 U.S. children ages 17 and younger with a mean age of 8.56 years.

In states where marijuana is legal, the proportion of teenagers with asthma is slightly higher than in states where marijuana remains illegal. (iStock)

“In the first nationally representative study of cannabis use and asthma in the United States, a consistently positive linear relationship (dose-response) was observed between frequency of cannabis use and asthma prevalence in both adolescents and adults,” said Renee Goodwin, CUNY SPH professor and lead author of the study, told Fox News Digital.

Marijuana use among older American citizens is increasing as interest in the drug is “rekindled” today

“The association could not be explained by confounding cigarette smoking, but an even stronger association was found between the frequency of blunt smoking and asthma,” he added. (Blunts are hollowed-out cigars filled with cannabis.)

Exposure to secondhand smoke has been a key factor in the past Childhood asthmathe researchers noted.

According to Allergy, approximately 4.5 million children under the age of 18 are currently living with asthma in the United States.

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