Cannabis is less harmful than alcohol or tobacco, according to a report by a research charity Thursday, which called for a “serious rethink” of drug policy.The Beckley Foundation, a charity which numbers senior experts and other academics among its advisors, said banning cannabis has no impact on supply and turns users into criminals.
“Although cannabis can have a negative impact on health, including mental health, in terms of relative harms it is considerably less harmful than alcohol or tobacco,” says the report by the Foundation’s Global Cannabis Commission.
If these ads don’t move you to stop smoking cigarettes then I don’t know what to tell you. My mother died from acute emphysema and she had stop smoking for twenty years. So if you keep smoking I have absolutely no remorse for you.
Smokers buying cigarettes will from Wednesday be confronted with a series of gruesome images printed on the packets showing how tobacco damages health.The pictures, which show cancerous lungs and throats as well as rotting teeth, replace written warnings such as “Smoking clogs the arteries and causes heart attacks and strokes” or “Smoking can cause a slow and painful death” which currently greet going to light up.
The picture warnings will start appearing on cigarette packs from October 1 and will be compulsory from October next year. They will be printed on all tobacco products from October 2010.
One in six people in Britain smoke out of population of more than 60 million and the government has been stepping up measures to reduce that figure.
Written warnings on packs were adopted in 2003, and last year, the minimum age for buying tobacco was raised from 16 to 18.
Smoking in enclosed public places was banned across the country from July 2007.
“These new stark picture warnings emphasise the harsh health realities of continuing to smoke,” Chief Medical Officer Liam Donaldson said.
“I hope they will make many more (people) think hard about giving up and get the help they need to stop smoking for good.”
The market for more surefire ways to stop smoking addiction is something heavily pursued by international biotech companies. A bunch of new trials are being conducted in hopes of helping existing smokers and those who have quit stop engaging in the world’s most dangerous habit.
Independent Pharmaceutica, a private company based at Stockholm’s Karolinska Institute and founded in 1997 by Professor Torgny Svensson, joins a growing line-up of biotech companies seeking to develop an anti-nicotine shot.
Its researchers say the vaccine eliminates the quick high smokers relish by creating antibodies that bind to nicotine molecules, making them too bulky to enter the brain.
Once the high is gone, the argument goes, so is the main cause of addiction.