Perhaps that story should be in the Marijuana News forum, if so then my apologies.
I say that as a man who chain-smokes tobacco and very, very rarely smokes marijuana.
BTW, I'm not sure what you were trying to say with this:
How can you not agree with a movement that is trying to protect innocent lives from a proven health concern.
Surely, your not going to try to debate the fact that second hand smoke is bad for one's health.
Is it a concern? Sure. It should be allowed, at the owner's disgression, in places that are restricted to adults though. Why can't I have a smoke inside my favourite bar? Now there's a movement to keep me from smoking on the sidewalk in front of the bar too. They've gone too far.
If the public's health is compromised then something must be done to protect the public.
In the course of our overall television news study on marijuana, another doctor and I visited the Norco Heroin Rehabilitation Center in California. In answer to those who say, "Marijuana is not the jump-off point," we had to interview 125 recovering heroin addicts before we found a single one who had not started by smoking marijuana.
"Parents. The Anti-Drug." [1-800-788-2800 – www.theantidrug.com] published a full-page letter to parents entitled "Here's What the Experts Say about Marijuana and Teens." It was a devastating indictment, declaring that marijuana is not a benign drug, that it impairs learning and judgment and often leads to the development of mental health problems.
Here's what the experts say today about marijuana and teens:
Marijuana is not a benign drug; its use impairs learning and judgment and may lead to the development of mental health problems.
– American Medical Association
Smoking marijuana can injure or destroy lung tissue. Marijuana smoke contains 50-70% more of some cancer-causing chemicals than does tobacco smoke.
– American Lung Association
Teens who are high on marijuana are less able to make safe, smart decisions about sex, including saying 'no.' Teens who have used marijuana are four times more likely to have been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant than teens who haven't.
– The National Campaign to Prevent Teen
Marijuana can impair perception and reaction time, putting young drivers, their passengers and others on the road in danger. Teens, the highest risk driving population, should avoid anything that might impair their ability to operate a vehicle safely.
– The American Automobile Association
Marijuana use may trigger panic attacks, paranoia, even psychosis, especially if you are suffering from anxiety, depression or having thinking problems.
– The American Psychiatric Association
Marijuana can impair concentration and the ability to retain information during a teen's peak learning years.
– National Education Association
Recent research has indicated that for some people there is a correlation between frequent marijuana use and aggressive or violent behavior. This should be a concern to parents, community leaders and all Americans.
– The National Crime Prevention Council
Alcohol is different because it has such a strong history in so many cultures that it would be very difficult to elliminate.
Quite on the contrary, very few cultures have a history of marijuana use.