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30-year-olds who smoke cannabis have lungs of 80-year-olds, doctors warn

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Doctors have warned that young people in their 30s who smoke cannabis for almost ten years have lungs so badly damaged they look like an 80-year-old’s.

They say that young adults, after having smoked cannabis for less than a decade, developed severe, rapid and advanced form of the lung disease, emphysema.

Dr Damian Mckeon, a consultant in respiratory medicine at Ysbyty Gwynedd (Wales), who studied eight patients that had smoked at least five joints a day, said: “We are seeing young people on the wards with the lungs of 80-year-olds after less than a decade of smoking cannabis and tobacco”.

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